Helping students understand how their voices can be heard.
This month, eight of our third year Mental Health Nursing students visited the Scottish Parliament. The aim of the visit was to give the students a wider understanding of how Parliament works and how they can bring both workplace and personal issues to the attention of officials and committee members should they wish to be heard.
Throughout the day the students took part in scheduled activities such as a presentation on the role of the Scottish Parliament and how evidence can influence parliamentary decisions. They also attended a mock committee meeting, highlighting how issues are discussed. This was praised by five out of eight students as being the most rewarding part of the day as it provided insight into the role of a committee and was a more engaging way of presenting information. The end of the day was signalled by a Q &A session hosted by a committee clerk.
The day was an obvious success, as detailed in the feedback forms and the student participation throughout the day. By showing students how their opinions are valued and used as drivers towards transformation it is hoped that more will go on to offer their ideas and experiences towards discussions that can lead to positive changes within their communities and wider.