National Youth Worker of the Year finalists announced

We’re absolutely thrilled to share our finalists for the 2017 National Youth Worker of the Year Awards with you today. With 26 finalists across 11 categories, our tenth anniversary is a real celebration of the crucial work being done by Scotland’s 80,000 youth workers, paid and voluntary.

With nearly 400,000 young people benefiting from youth work every year, the Awards reflect your impact on young people’s increased life chances, personal development and well-being.

We’ll be announcing the winners at our National Youth Worker of the Year Awards Dinner on 16 March 2017 at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow. Keep your eyes on #YLSawards17 for updates, or better still book your place at this year’s Awards Dinner here.


Full-time Youth Worker of the Year

Kerry Dair, East Ayrshire Council: Vibrant Communities

Graeme Johnston, Arran Youth Foundations

Laura Ward, Y sort it


Part-time Youth Worker of the Year

Fiona Rankin, East Ayrshire Council

Fraser Thomson, Cromarty Youth Café

Hollie Watkins, Arran Youth Foundations


Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year

Robert Anderson, Scouts Scotland

Gail Fox, Girlguiding Tweed Valley

Christine McKillop, The Girls’ Brigade in Scotland


Youth Worker Supporting Attainment

Laura Campbell, Bellshill & Mossend YMCA

Jaqueline Mitchell, North Lanarkshire Council

Kelly Prentice, Tollcross YMCA


Team of the Year

Airdrie Youth Work Team, North Lanarkshire Council

PY Face North, Pilton Youth and Children’s Project


Inspirational Leadership

Gillian Caldwell, Scouts Scotland

Jill Elborn, Girlguiding Glagsow

Angela Morrell, North Ayrshire Council


Youth Work Partnership Award

The Citadel Youth Centre and Tom Kitchin

Glasgow Kelvin College

TD1 Youth Hub and Scottish Borders Council


Time to Shine Arts & Creativity Award

CY Music Works Team, Canongate Youth

#Freshcreations, Y sort it

Tomorrow’s People and Galashiels Works


Youth Work Champion of the Year

Jennifer Lafferty, North Lanarkshire Council

Walter Smith, The Prince’s Trust Scotland


Youth Work in Different Settings Award

Spartans Community Football Academy



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