Meet the finalists: Team of the Year (sponsored by CLD Standards Council for Scotland)
The Team of the Year award recognises youth work services where the team is even greater than the sum of its parts. Every member makes a special difference, with the entire team working together to deliver exceptional youth work for the young people they serve.
This award is sponsored by CLD Standards Council Scotland, the professional body for people who work or volunteer in community learning and development in Scotland.
Let's meet the finalists!
The Yard Fund & Friendship Clubs
Play is a vital part of any child’s personal and social development, but with mainstream services often difficult to access for children and young people with disabilities, opportunities to socialise with peers can be hard to come by. This is where The Yard comes in, providing specialist fun and friendship clubs where disabled young people can come together in a supported environment.
The Yard has successfully developed inclusive programmes to increase the social, emotional and practical life skills of the children involved, allowing the young people to build positive mental wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence through new, exciting activities.
Having fine-tuned its model, The Yard has now developed a toolkit to enable it to upskill groups and local authorities to spread its model across Scotland.
The Yard currently delivers respite clubs for around 2000 disabled children across three clubs in Edinburgh, plus two smaller centres in Dundee and Fife.
See Me Staff & Youth Champions
The See Me team, from youth workers to senior policy advisors, works to empower young people to tackle all forms of stigma and discrimination related to mental health. This collective action enables See Me to build the capacity of its volunteers, giving them the opportunity to influence everything from community education resources to the Mental Health Act.
This year, the youth volunteers have worked across See Me to influence policy and practice areas such as the Mental Health Act Review, a review of SIGN guidelines on eating disorders and making recommendations to the programming board of the world’s first emoji-powered jukebox, Feels FM.
Volunteers have also worked closely with the See Me communications team, which provided media training to enable volunteers to share their stories with local and national media outlets. By creating high-quality content that would resonate with their peers, the group has been able to challenge the public stigma commonly associated with young people and mental health.
Paisley YMCA Digital Youth Work Team
The Digital Youth Work Team’s core purpose is to support young people to develop a range of skills and competencies that will prepare them for a career in the digital economy.
Volunteers facilitate a range workshops and projects to promote digital empowerment. These workshops cover all manner of subjects, such as electronic engineering, coding, STEM for girls, advanced programming, leadership, digital art and 3D printing – as well as good old fashioned gaming nights!
A digital outreach programme provides primary and secondary schools with tech taster sessions using Raspberry Pis, BBC MicroBits, Makey Makeys and other emerging technologies. CPD sessions are also tailored for teachers so that they can introduce STEM technology into their practice.
Part of the STEM Leaders programme, the Paisley YMCA Digital Youth Team currently provides digital and STEM activities free of charge to over 150 young people each week, including working with around 50 girls to highlight issues of gender in STEM industries.