Meet the finalists: Community Based Youth Work – sponsored by Youth Scotland

Strong communities bring folk together. It’s good to talk to each other and get involved. Youth work is right at the heart of Scotland’s communities.

Community-based youth work is all about building relationships and making sure that young people have the opportunity to participate and shape what happens in the place they live. All the finalists for our Community-Based Youth Work Award are using a community-based approach in their practice and partnerships.

This award is kindly sponsored by the awesome folk at Youth Scotland:

"We’re delighted once again to be supporting the Community Based Youth Work Award and to see such strength in depth in the finalists. Our sincere congratulations to all the nominees tonight and our thanks for the difference you make in our communities and to the lives and futures of our young people."

So without further ado, the finalists are…

Coatbridge Youth Action, North Lanarkshire

“It was hard to wipe the smile off my face, I’m still so excited to pull off something so big that over 300 people in Coatbridge enjoyed.” Mairi, aged 15, is just one of many young people who have benefited from Coatbridge Youth Action (CYA). The project gives real voice to youngsters in the area. Supported by a skilled and caring youth work team, CYA has co-designed two significant projects. Sound Minds, a mental health support group working in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire, which continues to grow and evolve. ‘Party in the Plug’ for YOYP 2018 was such a stonkin success that local police are actively encouraging CYA to organise more youth events in the town. They are the only community group to be given regular agenda time by their Local Area Partnership, proving the strength of their youth voice.

Elgin Youth Café Youth Team, Moray

Inspiration, innovation, motivation. This is the power of youth work right at the heart of the community in Elgin. The team’s ethos ‘run by young people, for young people’ has created a dynamic youth project, which is delivering positive results for those involved.

The project offers a diverse range of term-time and holiday programmes, promoting mental health and wellbeing, giving young people real workplace skills in hospitality, administration and youth work, as well as larger community-based events.

Last year the youth work team spent hundreds of hours supporting the youth committee’s vision for ‘Inspiration Week’, an ambitious programme of events highlighting young local talent and inspiring young people to chase their dreams.

Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project (Y2K), Midlothian

In Dalkeith, opening the door for young people when they need it the most, is at the centre of effective youth work. For the youth workers at Y2K there is no such thing as a one size fits all, that’s why their services are all youth-led. This offers young people the opportunity to play active roles in the wider community, encouraging them to grow and develop their skills and confidence at their own pace. Over 500 young people were involved in the project last year, through evening drop-ins, wellbeing programmes, one-to-one sessions and the new 180 project to address anti-social behaviour. And their youth work superpower? Solid partnerships with schools, social work, police, the local fire service and Women’s Aid.

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If you've not booked your ticket for the National Youth Work Awards and want to join these awesome finalists as well as many others, head over to our National Youth Work Awards page where you can book your ticket and meet all of the other fabulous finalists

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