A GROUP of East Renfrewshire youngsters were guests of honour at the British Museum Library in London recently after being invited to speak about being positive role models.
The four volunteers first came together to approach the East Ren Youth Health Service with their ideas on how to improve it for their peers.
They were asked to help address the health needs of youths in the area, and came up with the name The Big ShoutER for their steering group.
Thanks to their work within the community, Taylor Walton (17), Josh Clarke (17), Amanda McAllister (18) and Jade Bourne (16) were then asked by the University of Hertfordshire to present at the International conference on assets for health and wellbeing across the life.
The youngsters came up with The Bruce McBru Show — a chat show format on how young people can be an asset to their community with examples of their own contributions.
For Williamwood pupil Taylor, being part of the group has been particularly positive. The 17-year-old was previously struggling at home with 13-year-old brother Logan, who is autistic.
She explained: “I didn’t use to spend much time with him as it would have just resulted in us arguing. But now I’m part of his life and I take him out so we can spend time together.
“Being part of the group has helped my life skills and in turn taken me a step nearer to my ambition to have a career in psychology.
“I’m working harder at school and getting better grades. A lot of people comment on how much confidence I’ve gained since joining the Big ShoutER
“Once you’ve presented at a conference you feel you can take on the world”.
The group were aided by Barrhead’s Sir Harry Burns, chief medical officer for Scotland, who joined them onstage to assume the role of a young person himself.
They were also able to take a tour of 10 Downing Street, arranged by East Ren MP Jim Murphy, as well as taking in the sights of London during their visit.