National Youth Work Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce that the 13th National Youth Work Awards are now open for nominations!

The National Youth Work Awards celebrates youth work and the youth workers who make a difference every year in the lives of young people. They are aimed at individual youth workers, managers, projects or groups for work that is delivered in youth work settings or in other settings, using a youth work approach. The awards are a mixture of universal, targeted and specialist youth work provision.

This year's categories are:

  • Arts & Creativity
  • Attainment & Skills
  • Community-based Youth Work
  • Digital & STEM
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Faith & Culture
  • Inspirational Leader
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Participation & Youth Voice
  • Team of the Year
  • Volunteer Youth Worker
  • Youth Justice & Prevention
  • Youth Worker of the Year

And finally, the Lifetime Achievement award. This award is in the gift of the Board of YouthLink Scotland. Nominations may be submitted in the normal way or via the YouthLink Scotland Board.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on 25 November 2019.

Nomination form

Nomination form for young people

Guidance and criteria

The National Youth Work Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday 12 March 2020 in Glasgow.

Help design the National Youth Work Awards!

We are now looking for enthusiastic young people to join our planning team for the National Youth Work Awards 2020. If you know a young person that would love to join the team, then let me know about this fun opportunity! 

Young people will meet between three and six times prior to the Awards Dinner in March through a mixture of in-person meetings and online meetings. They will make recommendations and be involved in key decisions when it comes to the awards, from the evening entertainment to the food being served, as well as helping to choose the award winners. Young people will also have the opportunity to gain experience in areas they're interested in, for example, social media, organisational skills or communication.  

The Co-design group will also be invited to the awards ceremony and so will be able to see all of their hard work play out on the night! 

Know someone aged 16-26 that would be interested? Download the application form and return by 25 October 2019.

Check out the blog from last year’s Co-design group here.

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