A young man from Oban has been congratulated by the House of Commons on becoming Argyll and Bute’s first volunteer Young Inspector for Services for Children and Young People.
Gian Bove grew up in the care system and saw the Young Inspector Project as an opportunity to give something back to the system he came from.
The Young Inspector Project is fully supported by Argyll and Bute Council and is a collaboration between the Care Inspectorate in Scotland and the Scottish Government. It is designed to enhance consultation, participation and strengthen communication between service providers and service users.
Talking about the experience, 23-year-old Gian said: “I’m truly honoured to be commended. The training course was extremely worthwhile and I hope that I can now inspire other young people in social care to participate in shaping the service.
“Having grown up in the care system I am aware of the needs of young people in this situation and this is my opportunity to give something back, to give young people a voice.
“My employer, Homebase, has been very supportive throughout the training and I’d like to thank them for all their help, especially Kirsten Black.”
The Council’s Policy Lead for Health and Social Care, Councillor Kieron Green said: “Gian is a true credit to Argyll and Bute and is an inspiration to other young people in care.
“The Young Inspector Project is a wonderful initiative that can help young people develop communication skills, facilitate learning and development, build confidence, resilience and self-esteem. It provides them with opportunities to take the lead in making a difference to the future of residential care and services.
“Gian is a remarkable young man. He has used his experience in care to help others and I am sure that he has a very, very successful future in front of him.”