YOUNGSTERS across the Wee County met for the first time as part of a group aimed at tackling issues young people face.

The Clackmannanshire Youth Forum, an extension of the Youth Council, met for the first time last week to discuss the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) for the area.

The LOIP is a ten-year plan which aims to ensure inequalities in the area are reduced and Clackmannanshire is a place where all people can prosper.

Membership into the Youth Forum comes from the three academies – Alloa, Alva and Lornshill and four of the primaries – Lochies, Redwell, St Mungo’s and Sunnyside.

Councillor Graham Lindsay welcomed the progress of the group, saying: “I’m delighted that there is an inclusive approach to ensure we hear the voices of a range of young people in Clackmannanshire.

“The voice of young people is pivotal in setting priorities and shaping the future of Clackmannanshire and is part of our Keeping the Promise Commitment.”

The Promise is a national commitment that all children and young people will grow up loved, safe and respected so that they realise their full potential.

The second phase of the Promise was outlined and agreed upon by councillors in a council meeting that took place in August.

Council staff, the Children’s Parliament and Councillor Lindsay supported the Youth Forum at their inaugural meeting.

The group exchanged ideas on how to improve life for everyone in Clacks, as well as discussing how they can work together to discuss issues impacting young people at both national and local level.

Two more meetings are scheduled for this year to ensure that the council is engaging with young people as part of the decision-making process.