Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has praised the work of the youth work team within Dumfries and Galloway Council.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP was speaking during a debate that celebrated the Year of Young People in the Scottish Parliament.
During his speech, he took the opportunity to praise the council’s manager for young people, Mark Molloy and his team for their support for young people across the region.
Mr Carson highlighted that even in the face of cuts to the service, Mark and his outstanding team are delivering even more support to young people in Dumfries and Galloway.
In his speech, Finlay Carson MSP said: “I put on record my praise which echoed the voices of many young people and youth organisations across Scotland—for the amazing work of Mark Malloy and his outstanding team in the youth work service of Dumfries and Galloway Council.
“Like many others, the service has seen cuts but, amazingly, it seems to deliver increasingly more support for our young folk across the constituency.”
Speaking afterwards he added: “Our young people are a huge asset to our region, and the support given by Mark Molloy and his team on a daily basis is second to none.
“There are many unique challenges facing youngsters living in rural communities, so it is imperative that they know that support services are there for them.
“Although the youth work team are carrying out vital work, it has been extremely disappointing that they have had to do this in the face of cuts.
“I hope that a legacy of the year of young people can be to provide more resources to youth work teams like Mark Molloy’s in Dumfries and Galloway, in order to ease the burden on them.”