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.
Four weeks ago I was worried about writing this column on the eve of the last major parliamentary debate on Brexit. Anything could have happened, rendering my speculation obsolete by the time you read it. I shouldn’t have fretted. Anything could have happened but nothing did.
Here I am again. Groundhog day. It’s Tuesday. There’s a big debate tomorrow.
Tuesday. Another day spent discussing Brexit. Another day of my life I’m not getting back.
We are no further forward. As the clock ticks down to exit it’s only fair to ask: What the hell is Theresa May playing at?
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