National Youth Work Awards

We're excited to announce the finalists of the National Youth Work Awards 2019! Thank you to everyone that entered the awards, this year we received the highest ever number of entries and it was great to see so many fantastic examples of youth work across Scotland. 

If you want to join us on the night for a fun-filled event, make sure you book your ticket

For now though, we're absolutely delighted to reveal the shortlist! And the finalists are...

Community Based Youth Work – Sponsored by Youth Scotland

  • Coatbridge Youth Action – North Lanarkshire
  • Elgin Youth Café Team - Moray
  • Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project - Midlothian

Digital Youth Work – Sponsored by Sky Academy

  • John Taylor, High Life Highland
  • Bolt FM – St Paul’s Youth Forum, Glasgow
  • Digi Crew - Fife

Equality and Diversity - Sponsored by BBC Children in Need

  • Action for Children Heritage & Inclusion Project 
  • Interest Link Borders – Scottish Borders
  • The Spartans Youth Work Team – Edinburgh

Faith-Based Youth Work – Sponsored by YMCA Scotland

  • Camas Team
  • Ben Raw – St Paul’s Church - Glasgow
  • St Rufus Youth Group - Moray

Inspirational Leader – Sponsored by Scottish Government

  • Fergus McMillan - LGBT Youth Scotland
  • Alastair MacKinnon - Fast Forward
  • Paul McIlvenny - Include Me 2 Club

Mental Health and Wellbeing – The Prince’s Trust Scotland

  • Y sort it’s Young Carers Service – West Dunbartonshire
  • Donna Anderson & North Ayrshire YOYP Ambassadors
  • Hannah Lind - Crocus – Helping Hands Group - Highland

Prevention and Inclusion – Sponsored by Scottish Police Federation

  • Jeannie Gray – Moore House Care and Education
  • The Street – South Lanarkshire
  • Modo – Circus with Purpose - Aberdeenshire

Raising Attainment – Sponsored by Education Scotland

  • The Spartans Community Football Academy - Edinburgh
  • East Ayrshire Council’s Home Link Team
  • Paul Ross - Inverclyde Council

Skills for Life – Sponsored by SQA

  • Cupar Youth Café 16+ Activity Agreement Programme - Fife
  • Helm Training - Dundee
  • Glasgow North East Strategic Youth Alliance

Team of the Year  – Sponsored by CLD Standards Council for Scotland

  • Royston Youth Action – Glasgow
  • Shetland Islands Council Youth Services
  • Hazlehead Academy Youth Work Team - Aberdeen

Time to Shine Arts and Creativity – Sponsored by Creative Scotland

  • SambaYaBamba Youth Street Band – Glasgow
  • Rebekah Aitken – PEEK – Possibilities for Each and Every Kid
  • Re-Formation Project - Dundee

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Young Scot

  • Michael Docherty – Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell
  • Daniel Bustilllos – LGBT Youth Scotland
  • Ty Stock – The Sea Cadets

Youth Participation - Sponsored by Scottish Government

  • Y sort it Management Board – West Dunbartonshire
  • North East Edinburgh Youth Ambassadors
  • Renfrewshire Youth Voice

Youth Worker of the Year – Sponsored by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

  • Lyndsey Coleman - Y sort it – West Dunbartonshire
  • Alan Bell Recharge Youth Work Centre – East Lothian
  • Eilaine Coffey Hot Chocolate Trust - Dundee

Lifetime Achievement – Fellowship of YouthLink Scotland – Sponsored by YouthLink Scotland

  • Margaret McKinlay - The Girls’ Brigade Scotland
  • Jim Sweeney - YouthLink Scotland
  • Mary Matthews - Girlguiding Scotland

We're also delighted that the Co-Design Group for the National Youth Work Awards is being sponsored by The National Lottery Community Fund. 

Attend the awards

Booking is now open to attend the National Youth Work Awards, one of the highlights of the year for the youth work sector! The event is taking place on Wednesday 13th March at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow and we'd love to see you there. 

Tickets cost £85 + VAT or book a table of 10 for £800 + VAT. 


This is the timeline for this year's awards:

  • National Youth Work Awards launch: 10th October 2018
  • *Deadline extended* Nominations close: 10am 3rd December 2018
  • Judging panel meets: week beginning 10th December 2018
  • Finalists announced: 14th January 2019
  • Awards ceremony: 13th March 2019

Sponsor an award! 

We would like to invite you to be a sponsor of our National Youth Work Awards which will take place on 13th March 2019. Each year the awards celebrate the work of the youth work sector in Scotland and are a highlight of the calendar year for the 80,000 youth workers in Scotland.

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a sponsor in our Sponsorship Pack. Want to become a sponsor? Get in touch

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