Emily-Jo all set to make a change

Emily-Jo Middleton makes her point at the Action for Change launch
Emily-Jo Middleton makes her point at the Action for Change launch

A young Banchory girl is taking part in a major project to campaign for change in her local community and beyond.

Girlguiding Scotland member Emily-Jo Middleton, 13, is among the first girls in the UK to participate in Action for Change, a groundbreaking initiative which give those involved the skills and confidence to speak out and take action on issues they care about.

Action for Change is being run in partnership by Girlguiding and Girlguiding Scotland and was launched north of the border before being rolled out across the rest of the country.

For the next year Emily-Jo, who is a Guide, will be part of the campaign network in Scotland, tackling issues in her local area and feeding into Girlguiding Scotland campaigns.

She recently joined other Girlguiding Scotland members aged 13-18 at a special network weekend in Edinburgh.

The teenager said: “I’m so excited to be part of the Action for Change network because I want to learn the skills needed to make a difference to my local community.

“For my Action for Change project I want to help change perceptions of cerebral palsy.

“It was great to meet girls from all over Scotland who are passionate about making change, and I’m excited to use my voice and speak out on something that matters to me.”

With support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Girlguiding will be launching nine Action for Change networks across the UK over the next three years.