Meet the winners: Lifetime Achievement – sponsored by YouthLink Scotland

Masterpieces. Treasures. Youth works of art.

The Lifetime Achievement Award and Fellowship of YouthLink Scotland recognises committed, consistent and outstanding service to young people and the youth work sector. When you tot it all up, these youth workers have dedicated hundreds of years to improving the lives of generations of young people in Scotland.

So to our winners, on behalf of those young people and YouthLink Scotland – thank you for your service.

The winners of the Lifetime Achievement award are:

Margaret McKinlay, The Girls’ Brigade Scotland

Margaret McKinlay has dedicated her adult life to service within The Girls' Brigade. Margaret encourages girls from age five to eighteen to learn new skills and have fun while working in friendship and fellowship with each other, learning to be the best they can be within their family, church and local community.

She has travelled around Scotland enabling the girls within the 1st Lochwinnoch Company to take part in events and competitions that give them opportunities to learn new talents and meet other members of the organisation, often coming home with awards.

This could not have been achieved but for the dedication, time and talent she has shared with the thousands of girls who have been in her care over the years."

Jim Sweeney, YouthLink Scotland 

Jim has made an outstanding contribution to the youth work sector in Scotland. During his time as CEO of the national agency for youth work, he brought together national youth work organisations and all 32 local authority youth work services, working in partnership with the shared goal of improving young people’s lives. Thanks to his dedication and leadership the Scottish youth work sector is leading the way within the UK and internationally in the provision of informal learning and opportunities through youth work.

“Bringing together all the membership with a single voice to advocate on behalf of our young people has been a triumph. If there is one name that is synonymous with high quality youth work it’s Jim Sweeney.” Peter McNamara, former Chair of YouthLink Scotland.

Mary Matthews, Girlguiding Scotland

For more than 30 years through Girlguiding, Mary has inspired and empowered hundreds of girls locally, nationally and throughout the UK. Countless girls and young women credit her with encouraging them to achieve their potential.

She has also supported the delivery and development of Girlguiding in Clackmannanshire, across Scotland in a range of roles and volunteers with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, supporting delivery of the programme to Girlguiding Scotland members and in local schools.

Her dedication to organising hikes, camps and adventurous activities for girls in her community and beyond has inspired generations of young women to engage with the outdoors. Her enthusiasm is infectious!

Tune in tonight!

Today’s the day for the National Youth Work Awards so be sure to tune in to our social media channels, follow #YLSAwards and share your own journeys as we celebrate the youth work sector in Scotland. See you there!

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