A number of activities aimed at enhancing young people’s lives have been announced by North Ayrshire Council.

These proposed legacy activities, which will build on the positive outcomes achieved throughout the Year of Young People, include the promotion of emotional health, and a campaign of wellness to celebrate what makes young people feel good.

A directory of youth groups and opportunities will be developed, a network of Young Kindness Ambassadors established, and a map of safe places for young people will be drawn up.

A Young People’s Commission will also be set up, along with an action plan to address poverty. Opportunities to develop financial literacy will be pursued, and the availability of financial support for young people in North Ayrshire will be promoted.

And plans are being developed to work with partners to understand and promote vocational options in schools and the support available for these choices.

Councillor Shaun Macaulay, North Ayrshire Council’s Youth Champion, said: “The Year of Young People really shone a spotlight on the talents, strengths, hopes and aspirations of North Ayrshire’s younger residents.

“While much was achieved, it is important that we are able to create a lasting legacy from this successful year of events and ensure that young voices continue to heard.

“North Ayrshire’s young people are our future, and it is important that we continue to listen to them, learn from them and put plans in place to build on the solid foundations created throughout 2018.”

The Year of Young People was a nationwide initiative designed to give people aged eight to 26 new opportunities to influence decision-making on issues affecting their lives, as well as showcasing their skills and talents in cultural and sporting opportunities across the country.