Search is on for youth champion

Scotland's national agency for youth work, YouthLink Scotland, is looking for local youth workers and volunteers, who make a real difference to the lives of our young people, to be recognised at a national level.

Volunteers do a lot of good
Volunteers do a lot of good

The 10th National Youth Worker of the Year Awards will be a celebration of the crucial work that is being done by the nation’s 80,000 youth workers, paid and voluntary. Volunteers clock up a staggering 13 million volunteer hours each year.

YouthLink Scotland is searching for outstanding examples of talent, dedication and commitment from across the voluntary and local authority sectors, as well as in the many support agencies and community organisations where youth work takes place.

With nearly 400,000 young people benefiting from youth work each week, the awards will reflect youth work’s impact on young people’s increased life chances, personal development and well-being.

Jim Sweeney MBE, chief executive of YouthLink Scotland, said: “Scotland has one of the most vibrant youth work sectors in the world. In every area, every day, thousands of youth workers are helping our young people to follow their dreams, build their confidence and realise their potential.

“From local youth work and schools partnerships through to dedicated employability projects, we know there are hundreds of examples of youth workers making a positive, and long-lasting impact on the lives of our young people.

“We know that #youthworkchangeslives, so let’s nominate so we can celebrate some of these amazing people.”

The deadline for nominations is Monday, January 16 2017. To find out more information, visit