Orkney Youth Group Nominated for Young Scot Community Award

04 April 2014

West Mainland Award Group - Stromness2.JPG

A youth group from Orkney has been nominated for a prestigious Young Scot Award, the nation's biggest celebration of young people.

The West Mainland Award Group in Stromness has been shortlisted for the Community Award for their wide range of work in the local community and will find out whether they've been successful on Thursday 10 April at the Young Scot Awards celebration in Glasgow.

Supported by Youth Scotland Orkney Area Coordinator Maureen Herdman, the group is composed of 20 young people aged between 11 and 19 who have worked across a wide range of projects locally. In the process of volunteering in the community the young people have gained an impressive 73 Dynamic Youth Awards, eight Bronze and four Silver Youth Achievement Awards and 12 members are currently working towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Youth Achievement Awards.

The West Mainland Award Group's projects include; volunteering to help primary-age children with netball, drama and volleyball; assisting the church to raise money for a new roof; helping local mums and toddlers raise money for a new play park; planting flowers and shrubs at sheltered housing accommodation as part of a Generations Working Together project; raising over £700 for MacMillan Orkney; and planting trees in reclaimed land for the Community Council.

Maureen Herman, Youth Scotland Orkney Area Coordinator said: "I am absolutely delighted that the West Mainland Award Group has been nominated for the Young Scot Awards. The group started 18 months ago with 6 members who wanted to be more involved in their community. The group has now become so popular in the community that the phone never stops asking for their help with various projects from toddlers to senior citizens and charities. Their accomplishments are too numerous to cover fully, and these young people certainly deserve recognition for their endeavours and achievements."