SNP MSP returns to Ross-shire to open new youth facility

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has returned to her home town of Alness to open new facility ‘The Field’.

Following the closure of the Place on Alness High Street, co-ordinators and young people worked tirelessly to build a new outdoor facility with a tent to house learning and social opportunities for young people.

Roddick said:

“It was fantastic to hear such a great understanding of deprivation and mental illness from the very successful Alness YPI group who gave a presentation at the Field’s opening. It’s wonderful to see that young people in Alness are so engaged and proactive.

“People often have low expectations of those of us who attend Alness Academy, but these young people had their centre taken away and, instead of letting it go, helped build a brand-new outdoor facility which promises incredible possibilities for learning new life skills.

“I hope it is a constant reminder of their achievement and an indication to everyone that young people in Alness are capable of anything.“

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