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SOSE Youth Advisory Forum

At SOSE, we feel it’s essential for the voice of young people to be considered during decision-making processes so that we can work towards building a better future for the South of Scotland and those living within it.   

The SOSE Youth Advisory Forum aims to give us a better understanding of the issues impacting young people in the South of Scotland. What are you waiting for? Make your voice heard. 

We want to make sure the decisions we make include the voice of young people so that we can work towards building a better future for the South of Scotland. The SOSE Youth Advisory Forum provides a supportive space for members to voice their opinions and assist both SOSE and external partners in making important regional decisions.

So far, our Youth Advisory Forum members have consulted with a range of SOSE staff and external partners on topics including: 

  • The Regional Economic Strategy
  • Skills provision in Dumfries and Galloway
  • The European Lunar Symposium
  • Funding for applicants to SOSE grants

What will your role as a member look like?

We are looking to add to our diverse group of young people aged 16 to 25 who live in Dumfries and Galloway or the Scottish Borders. 

Members must have a permanent address in Dumfries and Galloway or the Scottish Borders but could be studying outside the South of Scotland.

Meetings will be a mix of face to face and online.

We plan to run each face-to-face meeting twice, once in the Scottish Borders and once in Dumfries and Galloway, with the exact location of each depending on where the members live.

These are voluntary positions, but travel expenses will be reimbursed. We may also be able to help if you would like to apply but face barriers such as childcare costs or a lack of technology.

Those who join the forum come on board for an initial two-year period, with the potential to extend if you are still within the age range. 

You will be expected to provide:

  • Regular attendance at meetings and training/coaching sessions alongside preparation time (approximately six to eight hours per month in total).
  • A willingness to talk openly and honestly whilst being open-minded, creative, optimistic, and ambitious.
  • To work with other members of the Forum and SOSE staff.
  • Be a champion for the South and passionate about representing the views of young people.
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!

What will you gain from being a part of the forum?

We will listen to you and consider your views when we are making decisions.

You will be supported through the completion of the SCQF Level 5 Participative Democracy Certificate (optional), delivered in collaboration with YouthLink Scotland

We will give you opportunities to gain new networks of professional contacts.

We will help you to build your confidence in working with all levels within our organisation.

We will help you to gain new skills that will help in your future career.

How can you apply?

The application and recruitment process will begin again soon. Please contact if you wish to be added to our recruitment list. We will contact you once applications are open.

In your application, we want to know about who you are as a person, not just the qualifications you may have. We specifically want to hear about:

  • What it’s like to live/work/study in your part of the South
  • The things you like to do in your spare time
  • What qualities you have that you think would be useful if you were successful in becoming a Youth Advisory Forum member


We understand that people prefer to communicate in different ways, so we are happy for you to submit your application in either written, audio or video formats.


Depending on which format you choose, we have some guidelines we need you to follow:

  • Video and audio files should be a maximum of 3 minutes.
  • Written applications should be a maximum of 2 pages in length.


If you have any further questions on the role, the application process or anything else related to the Forum, please get in touch by emailing