Children in Scotland appoints 21-year-old to its board

Date: 11th February 2015
Category: General principles

One of Scotland's youngest ever Board members has taken up his new role at Children in Scotland, pledging to support the organisation's strategic vision.

A 21 year old law student and accomplished singer-songwriter, Declan Welsh officially took up his new role on the Board of the charity on 11th February, pledging to support organisation's strategic vision, tackle child poverty, help create a generation of skilled, engaged young people and support votes for 16- and 17-year-olds.

"Child poverty is an embarrassment in a country as wealthy as ours. People are angry over a lot of trivial things, but everyone should direct that anger at this," he said.

He also wants to contribute to improving young people's employment experience after school and encourage greater participation in politics. Declan 'wholeheartedly agrees' with giving 16 and 17-year-olds the vote. "If you can go and fight in a war on behalf of your country, you should be able to ratify or oppose that decision made by the government of the day in a polling booth", he stated.