Meet the finalists: Team of the Year – sponsored by CLD Standards Council

How does the old saying go? There’s no I in Team. And there’s no denying that some of the best youth work happens in partnership – with young people and with colleagues.

So what does it take to make a great youth work team? Our finalists for this Award are empowering staff and volunteers to deliver high-quality youth work services together. They’re working hard to evidence the impact they have on young people’s lives. And they’re role models for collaboration, partnering with charities, police, schools and lots of community organisations.

This award is kindly sponsored by CLD Standards Council:

“Congratulations to all nominees from the CLD Standards Council Scotland. The CLD Standards Council is delighted to support the Team of the Year award. Working together to achieve shared goals is central to the ethos of CLD. Good communication, organisation and a sense of humour means young people’s opportunities grow and flourish.”

And the finalists are…

Royston Youth Action (RYA), Glasgow

“They have affected my life for the better and without them I’m not sure who I’d be right now.”

Royston Youth Action may be based in Glasgow, but they take a worldwide view when it comes to looking for best practice and providing experiences for young people with trips to Finland, Italy and New York in recent years. RYA is passionate about providing a person-centred approach that creates experiential learning opportunities for young people, seeking to train their staff and develop ideas and learning from others across the sector both here and abroad.   

Their newest idea and youth-led initiative is called ‘12 Months, 12 Acts of Kindness’ where the organisation supports a different charity each month. They have big ambitions for the future as they hope to recruit new youth projects each year, supporting more and more charities through their work. The sky really is the limit for the RYA team! 

Shetland Islands Council Youth Services

Shetland truly embraced Year of Young People as across the islands Shetlanders, visitors and guests celebrated in style, with over 70 events and activities to mark the year.

The Youth Services Team worked with partners to identify and support 50 Year of Young People Ambassadors from across the islands who were involved in co-designing events. The celebrations included a 25-meter-long community art piece celebrating culture, the BIG Takeover weekend championing Shetland’s young people and the chartering of a Loganair flight to showcase their youth achievements at the Scottish Parliament.

This would not have been possible without the incredible team that make up youth work provision across the local area. They have continued to support young people to turn their ideas into reality. In a geographical area where young people could easily be isolated, it is astounding that young people are so involved across the community and youth services on the islands have a real buzz and vibrancy about them. The team and resulting projects, events and partnerships continue to bring different generations together and build on their mutual respect.

Hazlehead Academy Youth Work Team, Aberdeen 

The youth workers at Hazlehead Academy are a kind-hearted bunch according to the young people they work with. The team based within the school are all about helping students to be the best version of themselves. It’s clear the small team, made up of Jenni, Eve and Tasha, are having a big impact at the school.

The team are involved in a range of activities including drop in sessions each day, running the LGBT+ Alliance Group and supporting the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme. They’ve supported students to get involved in things outside of their comfort zone, whether that’s travelling to Glasgow to attend a learning festival or showcasing work in front of others.

One young person described their experience: “The youth workers have helped me remarkably as I used to be an incredibly shy girl but with a lot of their support I have now been able to create projects and speak out in front of many people about the things I’m passionate about.”

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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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