YouthBorders, the Borders local youth work association has been shortlisted for the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2014.
The awards, run by YouthLink Scotland, recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement with young people by managers, practitioners, peer educators, teams and individuals in Scotland’s youth work sector.
YouthBorders champions work with local young people and has brought together services and communities to strengthen that work.
The organisation is being recognised for its sustainability, motivation, inspiration and an aspirational approach to offer the best youth work provision they can for the young people of the Scottish Borders.
YouthBorders has been nominated for their innovative work which has meant more young people in the region have access to support and out of school activities.
They have supported seven lead youth work organisations across the Borders delivering quality youth work.
This working in partnership has increased the number of young people accessing youth work groups by 35%.
There are now 2,900 young people who benefit directly from the work of YouthBorders.
Susan Law, development worker with Earlston Catchment Voluntary Youth Work Services, who nominated YouthBorders for the award, said: “Their work has meant more opportunities for our young people.
“It has opened doors for them and strengthened the relationship between the volunteers who run youth groups and partners like Scottish Borders Council.”
Jim Sweeney, chief executive of YouthLink Scotland, commented: “The finalists from across Scotland have demonstrated outstanding commitment and passion to changing the lives of young people for the better.
“This shows, from those youth volunteers who have overcome harrowing and challenging circumstances in their own lives to mentor and support their peers, to the innovative projects that have brought the generations together.”
Three finalists have been shortlisted in 12 categories. The winners will be presented with their awards at the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards dinner in Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday, March 13. The event will be hosted by Forth One DJ, Grant Stott and the awards presented by Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP.