I attended a very inspiring morning at the Jack Kane Centre where they were putting on an event for the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee at the Scottish Parliament. We were taken on a journey through the experiences of the young people who have been on the Erasmus+ plus programme with YouthLink Scotland.
This strand is not for university students but instead engages young people through youth work programmes and enables them to have an experience that broadens their horizons and introduces them to new cultures.
At the Jack Kane they have a lengthy programme before and after which allows the group to form bonds. This enriches their experience. They also spend time working together to plan their own activities during the trip.
It was clear from what the young people were telling us that these have been transformative experiences. This has given them self belief and the confidence to follow their ambitions.
Sadly the funding for this is at risk because of Brexit. The Members of the Scottish Parliament present, led by Joan McAlpine, will be doing all they can to protect this funding, and similar programmes, which enrich our young people's lives.
Going back to Westminster after the summer recess you can almost feel the impending doom in the air. It’s the calm before the storm. Everyone knows something bad is going to happen. Just not what exactly. Like waiting for the ghoul to reveal itself in a horror movie.
And as the dread unfolds the discussion about whether there should be another Brexit referendum will intensify.
We need to talk about democracy. The UK government recently hosted its first ever “National Democracy Week” – with no sense of irony.
We absolutely should be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the equalisation of voting ages for men and women. Nobody would argue with that.