I’m Rebecca Ross and at the beginning of 2024, I was elected as the Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for the Clydebank constituency.

Across the constituency, young people are getting ready to take exams or are in the middle of this process. I am currently a pupil at Clydebank High School therefore I know firsthand the pressure and stress felt during this time.

Exam season can be a stressful time for young people all over the country but there are always people on hand to help. Talk to your parents or carers, your teachers or friends if you are feeling overwhelmed.

A top tip of mine during this time is to take time for yourself and try not to drain yourself by constantly studying. Remember to always ask for help when you need it.

Here is Young Scot’s online portal for some online resources: www.young.scot And here is a list of helpful numbers if required:

  • Childline - 0800 1111
  • Samaritans - 116 123
  • NHS - 111
  • Anxiety UK - (text) 07537 416905 (Call) 03444 775 774

Once the exams are over, we will all be looking forward to the summer holidays and the recent sunny weather has given us a taste of summer.

West Dunbartonshire Council's Communities Team will be running a summer programme, called ‘Summer Sessions’.

This programme will offer a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, sports and trips and visits for young people aged 11-18.

There will be 60 spaces in Clydebank for young people over two weeks. More information and sign-up details will be available over the next couple of weeks via the Communities Team.

For more information on other services, please see the West Dunbartonshire Communities Team social media platforms.

Instagram: wdyouthlearning and Facebook: West Dunbartonshire Virtual community hub.

More information on summer activities across West Dunbartonshire can be found on the council's website.

Contact me on any of the below platforms with any questions or constituent enquiries.

  • Email - @rebecca.ross.msyp@sypmail.org.uk
  • Instagram - @rebecca_msyp
  • Twitter/ X- @b3ccz
  • TikTok - @rebecca.syp