Meet the finalists: Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Young Scot

Did you know that youth work volunteers across Scotland selflessly gave 13 million hours of their time last year to youth groups and projects?

They’re creating opportunities for young people to realise their potential. They go above and beyond to build skills and communities. And through youth work, they’re helping to challenge discrimination and shape policy.

This Award recognises three exceptional volunteers who are true to the values of youth work: participation, partnership and equality.

This award is kindly sponsored by the lovely team at Young Scot:

“Young Scot are proud of all of the Volunteer of the Year finalists. We believe in the power of young people to make a real, and positive, change to our society through giving up their time to help others. All three finalists were outstanding and well worthy of winning.”

And the finalists are:

Michael Docherty, Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire

When the school’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme was under threat, it was Michael Docherty who stepped up. He had first-hand experience of DofE, knew the benefits and wanted to ensure it continued within the school.

“As a young person himself, Michael understands the needs of our youth groups but shows a level of maturity and professionalism beyond his years.” Gillian McCairn, youth worker.

Because of his hard work and dedication during the past year, 30 young people are involved in the DofE within the school, 15 young people are discovering new opportunities through the Friday night group and 25 young people from the LGBT group are receiving support. It is down to Michael as well that young people in Motherwell have someone who stands up for the voice of young people at local level through the youth forum.

Daniel Bustillos, LGBT Youth Scotland, Stirling

“Sometimes in life you have a chance to meet a person who really makes a difference to other human beings, Daniel is one of these people. I hope to one day be a role model to someone else as he’s been to me.” – LGBTI young person

It’s clear that Daniel Bustillos has a great affinity with the young people he works with. In the last year he has proved to be a fantastic example of the impact and importance of a great volunteer youth worker. As well as ensuring young people were fully involved in Year of Young People, he also supported his group to take part in events like Pride Glasgow, marching out front with the First Minister no less! He has used his own volunteering experience to help design and deliver training for other volunteers and has made a marked difference to the organisation in Stirling.


Ty Stock, The Sea Cadets, Rosyth, Fife 

To stand out in a sea of 1,200 incredible cadet volunteers is no mean feat but Ty Stock has done just that.

Ty has been a volunteer with the Sea Cadets Rosyth Unit since 2015, and in that time he has quadrupled the number of youngsters involved, going from 20 to 80 cadets. His success is a blend of care, attention and love coupled with lots of adventure and fun. They sail, they boat, they travel, they sing, they dance, they fly, they help their community, so it’s no surprise the cadets are happy and optimistic. 

Captain Peter Adams singles out Ty’s inclusive approach, which means his cadets really do reflect the diversity of the local community:

“He opens his door as wide as possible so the maximum number of children can benefit from the loving and nurturing environment he has created. He is very much a man to champion the underdog and encourage young people to believe in themselves.”

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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 pagewhere you can book your ticket and meet all of the other fabulous finalists.

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