Chapelhall Explorer Scout
Unit hosted a meeting of the candidates from the main political parties
standing in the Airdrie & Shotts Constituency for the Scottish
Represented were the Scottish Conservatives, Labour, Green, Liberal Democrat, and Scottish National Parties.
Explorer Scouts heard opening statements from each of the candidates
before asking questions about various policies and issues.
McIlwraith, Explorer Scout Leader, thanked the candidates for taking
time out of their busy campaign schedules to meet with the Explorer
Scouts, 'the Explorers took the opportunity to question the candidates
about issues that they cared about, they listened and they learned. The
candidates were keen to influence the young voters and showed an
understanding of the concerns of this age group. Candidates and Explorer
Scouts left with lots to think about.'
Becky, an Explorer Scout,
summed up, 'The evening was very informative and helped me decide on who
I would use my vote on because before I was unsure.'
Scouts undertook this activity as part of their work towards their
Community Impact project.
The project focuses on effecting social change
and engaging with decision-makers to discuss issues.
Scouts have also chosen to support the work of Chrisís House: Centre for
Help, Response & Intervention Surrounding Suicide, the first 24
hour non-medical crisis centre in Scotland, based in Airdrie.Author: Gary Bainbridge