Training disk demonstrates youth programme approach

Planning Aid Scotland has produced a DVD presenting its arts-based technique to help young people engage with the planning process.

The Planning to Act training programme involves actors and volunteer planners delivering workshops to introduce broad planning concepts and demonstrate that it offers an exciting and relevant career. Participants are told about their potential role in the planning system and this helps them to appreciate planning's importance in shaping Scotland.

The DVD was filmed in North Ayrshire with representatives of local secondary schools and demonstrates how workshops take into account participants' initial lack of awareness of the planning system and recognition that many young people find the system difficult or uninteresting. A party to launch the DVD was held in Irvine in celebration of the organisation's successful partnership with North Ayrshire Council. Council leader David O'Neill, chief executive Ian Snodgrass and planning and youth service department representatives explained what the workshops have meant to them and their future programme of engagement with young people in the area.

To watch Planning to Act, please visit For more information, please call 0131 220 9730.

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