Congratulations to winners of National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2012

Youth Scotland would like to say congratulations to a number of recipients of YouthLink Scotland National Youth Worker of the Year Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards aim to recognise and celebrate outstanding service and performance by managers, youth workers, peer educators, teams and individuals working within the youth work sector in Scotland.

Overall winner image.jpgA huge congratulations to LAYC and Youth Scotland member groups the Citadel Youth Centre and Pilmeny Development Project, who won two awards for their innovative 'New Spin' intergenerational project. As well as picking up the brand new national Youth Worker of the Year (Intergenerational) Award, the project scooped the prestigious Overall Winner Award, sponsored by Education Scotland. The awards were presented by Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People.

Willy Barr, Manager at the Citadel said:

"I'm used to getting surprises in this job but nothing has had as big an impact on me, my colleagues, the young people and the organisation as a whole as the New Spin Intergenerational Project when it started two years ago. The energy, enthusiasm and spirit that the intergenerational group bring to the Citadel has transformed how we think and describe our work and there is no going back. Intergenerational work is good for young and old people alike, and is essential for communities. I am delighted that New Spin has come first in the Youthlink Scotland National Youth Worker of the Year Awards"

Anne Munro, Manager at Pilmeny Development Project said:

"We are absolutely delighted that the Pilmeny Development Project and Citadel Youth Centre were double winners at the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards in Glasgow. It's great news for older people and young people in Leith as well as for the recognition and value given to our partnership working and intergenerational work. The impact of New Spin has been tremendous for young and old alike, with improved relationships, shared learning and skills, as well as greater understanding between the generations in Leith.."

Dona Milne, Chair of LAYC said:

"It is great to see two local projects, who are both members of LAYC, working together for the benefit of local communities and there have clearly been huge benefits for the young and not so young people involved. Building relationships between different people within our local communities is such an important part of youth work and The Citadel and Pilmeny have done an excellent job. Congratulations to everyone involved."

Youth Scotland would also like to give a special mention to Youth 1st Chairman Tom Bain, who picked up the Judy Waterman Award for Services to the Youth Work Sector.

And finally, congratulations to all the winners and runners up, including the following Youth Scotland member and award groups: Scott Walker, North Berwick Youth Café; Sammy Joe Lee, Universal Connections; Andrew Steven, Xplore Peer Mentoring; Billy Kerr, FARE; East Renfrewshire Council Young Persons Services; Motherwell Youth Work Team, North Lanarkshire Council; Choice Works Initiative Programme, Glasgow; Bharati Bundhoo, Glasgow Life; Bill Little, Falkirk Council; Samantha Bruce, YMCA; Alan Ross, Airdrie Academy; Lisa Brown, Cumbernauld High School; Gary McGuire, Glasgow Life; Vicki Ridley, Granton Youth Centre and Jill McGrath, Perth & District YMCA.

See the full list of winners and runners-up here.