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Loganair partners Year of Young People

Scotland’s Airline Loganair today announced a partnership in support of Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP). 

The partnership, which was revealed at Sumburgh Airport, is the result of discussions between Loganair and YOYP Ambassadors in Shetland, but it will also benefit two other places in the airline’s heartland - Orkney and the Western Isles.

It consists of:

  • The renaming of a Loganair Saab 340 aircraft as “The Spirit of Young People”, which will carry the YOYP logo.
  • Discounted flights for young people from Orkney and the Western Isles to attend the BIG Takeover – a three-day YOYP festival on Shetland in mid-September.
  • Promotion of the initiative through Loganair’s social media channels.
  • Loganair and local authority partners to search the three communities for 30 individuals who represent the ‘Spirit of Young People’. Orkney, Shetland & Western Isles to identify 10 young people between 8 – 26 years.
  • These young people could have: Gone the extra mile, excelled through sport, arts, culture, been ambassadors for their community, helped the environment, been a fundraising hero, promoted the importance of physical and mental health, challenged the negative stereotypes of young people or championed diversity.
  • Nominations can be made online during April & May at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/spiritofyoungpeople/
  • A charter flight by The Spirit of Young People which will collect 30 young people - 10 from each island group - and transport them to Edinburgh for a Parliamentary reception hosted by Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott and Western Isles MSP Alistair Allan on November 29, and for the Young Scot Awards the following evening. 

2018 has been named Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. It celebrates the young talents, achievements and contributions that makes up our nation’s young people.

Loganair commercial director Kay Ryan said: “The Year of Young People is an exciting and deserving initiative, and we’re proud to play our part in highlighting it and in allowing young people from three of our most important destinations to play their part. The Spirit of Young People will carry the YOYP message on our network throughout the rest of 2018.”

Year of Young People Ambassador Sonny Thomason said, “We are excited to be working with Loganair to champion young people. The airline has previously done a great job supporting us as MSYPs, enabling us to attend nation events and we thank Loganair for continuing to give back to the community. I am excited for the BIG Takeover later in the year as it gives an opportunity to really showcase talent from young people and it really pulls all members from our island together creating one large event, I hope this really leaves a legacy for the future. We would encourage members of the community to think about the amazing young people that they know in their own communities and nominate them in our search to find the true ‘Spirit of Young People.”

Shetland Islands Council Councillor George Smith, Chairperson of Education & Families Committee said, "Shetland Islands Council is delighted to be supporting the opportunities the Year of Young People provides for our young people to come together and to showcase their ideas and talents. We are particularly pleased to be working in partnership with Loganair - the Spirit of Young People epitomises the hopes and ambitions of young people across the Isles." 

Orkney Islands Council Chair of Education, Leisure & Housing Committee, Councillor Rob Crichton said: "The Year of Young People 2018 is creating a solid platform for our young people by giving them a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, challenging the status quo and creating a more positive perception of them in society. It's really pleasing to see that Loganair have come aboard so early in the Year of Young People and their offer will certainly benefit the activities that are taking place across our island groups". 

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott MSP & Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan said in a joint statement: "YOYP 2018 is an opportunity to promote our islands’ young people. This great initiative will bring 30 fantastic young people together and courtesy of a Loganair flight, to Edinburgh in time for St Andrews Day. We are very pleased to help and look forward to hosting everyone in the Scottish Parliament. We encourage members of the public to nominate young people from across the islands to get involved and apply to be part of what will be a great experience in celebrating all that is good about the next generation of talented, able and committed young from Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles." 

Scottish Government Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd said:

“This new partnership is an exciting opportunity to see Year of Young People take flight and for the positive stories of young people to reach even more communities across Scotland and the UK.

It is thanks to the support from a range of partners that young people have the opportunity to shine and participate in new activities during 2018. It is my hope that the Spirit of Young People campaign will help to challenge negative stereotypes, and I look forward to hearing about the incredible talents and achievements of young people from Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles.”

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