Look Forward To A BLiSS Future
Balquhidder Lochearnhead Strathyre St Fillans
Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) aims to show off local talent aged 8 to 26 in the villages of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre, St Fillans while contributing to this year's national tourism theme "Year of Young People 2018" with its BLiSS Future programme '#BLiSSfuture.
Have you heard of #YOYP2018? Are you already taking part?
The government and Visit Scotland led initiative aims to; provide a platform for young people to have their views heard and acted upon, showcase the amazing talents of young people through events and media, develop better understanding, co-operation and respect between generations and recognise the impact of teachers, youth workers and other supporting adults on young people’s lives.
Young people all over Scotland have already been planning opportunities and actioning programes to express themselves through culture, sport and other activities under the theme headings of
- Health and Wellbeing
- Equality and Discrimination
- Enterprise and Regeneration
LETi has been talking with members of the community and external partners hoping to engage with young minds. Hopefully some of young residents will remain or return to our villages one day to set up businesses, ensure the continuaton of annual events, represent us at community council meetings, edit The Villagers newspaper, chair LETi and take over other tasks that keep our communities and economy going - whether for income or as a volunteer.
Potential projects for our award winning tourism group include encouraging young guests to write our tourism reports in The Villagers newspaper monthly, collating poems describing favourite aspects of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans for digital publication.
We are working with GeoTourist the world travel app to produce an audio trail of the Scottish Thistle Award winning BLiSS trail of art installations. We aim to encourage some 8-26 year old's to record voice over descriptions that will be audible when visiting the sculptures at their GPS locations.
We aim to focus on promoting young people when reporting on local events like; mini Stuc a Chroin, the BLS Highland Games, The Strathyre Music Festival. These are some of the ways that we hope to engage with our young and invest in our future.
More importantly, we hope to hear from young people in our communities to find out what they would like to see, do or offer and be represented.
Find out more about YOYP2018 here http://yoyp2018.scot/. Young people are already taking part in Scottish Parliament and Young Scot Ambassadors have been elected in every region of Scotland.
We would like to encourage young people in our communities to
- take part and engage on national YOYP2018 programmes
- work with teachers at local primary and high schools,
- Provide, drawings, poems, video's, photo's to LETi's to promote on-line
- feature your story in The Villagers newspaper
- Send us other ideas; let's work together and learn from each other.
Local event groups, businesses and committee members might also have a think about how to include young people in the planning, set up and implementation of projects and events this year.
- Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
- Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
- Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
- Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers - Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
- Storytelling - School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone
- Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul.
NB: BLiSS stands for Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans with the i in the middle representing the international Tourist Information symbol and innovation..