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Helping people across South Ayrshire - Youth Forum Awards 2015

 15 December 2015  |  


Well-deserved recognition

Well-deserved recognition

Young people from across South Ayrshire have just been recognised at South Ayrshire Council's Youth Forum Awards 2015.

All the winners are aged between 14 and 25, live in South Ayrshire and have gone out of their way to help people in and around their communities. The finalists and ultimate winners have inspired people of all age groups with their talent and generosity.

This was the sixth year of these prestigious awards and there were 204 nominations which were all assessed by a panel of experienced judges.

The winners came from 16 different categories with the presentation ceremony taking place in Troon Concert Hall.

The winners are:

Entertainment - Winner, Robbie Alexander
Robbie has entertained hundreds of people as a pantomime dame, Bill Skyes in Oliver and also delivered road safety workshops to local schools.

Sustainability - Winner, Carrick Academy Nature Club
The group has helped the school raise awareness of the environment through a range of initiatives such as installing bird feeders, nest boxes and planters.

Sporting Personal Achievement - Winner, Erin Robertson
Erin is a very talented swimmer and her dedication and commitment to her sport is second to none. She won gold and bronze at the Commonwealth Youth Games (Samoa 2015).

Helping the Community in Sport - Winners, Louis McIntosh and Fraser Paterson
Louis and Fraser have been amazing volunteers, giving up their free time to help the Active Schools team deliver different sports and activities.

Democracy - Winner, Owain Bevin
Owain is a member of his pupil school council at Girvan Academy and has helped make significant improvements to the school. Owain would like to get into politics and is learning how to make his voice heard.

Citizenship – Winner, Ayr Academy Young Consumer Team
The team highlight important issues to the wider community such as consumer law, food and health, managing money and finance. Due to their hard work and dedication they have won many national awards.

Health – Winner, Joe Andrews
Joe has been immensely supportive of South Ayrshire Youth LGBT group and has contributed to its success. Joe has warmly welcomed new members, encouraging them and building confidence.

Volunteering - Winner, Sean Lowe
Sean is the RNLI's youngest ever life saver and even wears a pager to class in case of an emergency! He has already been on several "shouts" and plays and active role in the crew. 

Community Involvement - Winner, Scott Sutherland
Scott is fully committed to raising awareness of dyslexia across the whole school community and has taken part in a video "Our DFS Journey" and appeared on a BBC Scotland news programme.

Learning and Development - Winner, Prestwick Academy Positive Attitudes to Alcohol, 2014/15
Fraser, Jayne, Scott and Amy were outstanding members of the Positive Attitudes to Alcohol Group. They worked together to prepare and deliver engaging and interesting lessons on alcohol to S1 pupils.

Unsung Hero - Winner, Eloise Lawler
Not only is Eloise studying extremely had for her exams; she still finds time to volunteer with Young Scot and is making a real difference with her committed attitude.

Art - Winner, Lorna Romanenghi
Lorna has always been passionate about art, has progressed to HND level and hopes to apply to Art School. Lorna is her class representative and highly thought of by her peers and lecturers.

SAYF Member of the year - Winner, Kirsty McCahill
As Chairperson, Kirsty leads the monthly meetings, is very approachable and a role model to everyone within the Youth Forum.

Paid Staff Award - Winner, Ann Shaw
Ann works as part of the Young Scot team to support eight information groups across South Ayrshire. Ann works with these groups on a weekly basis and has a great working relationship with all the young people involved.

Volunteer Staff Award - Winner, Ann-Marie Onofrio
Ann-Marie is a volunteer who runs the weekly Lochside Drama Group. The group encourages young people to come together to build skills, confidence and friendships. 

Young Star of the year - Winner, Sean Lowe
After much consideration the judging panel decided to give this accolade to Sean Lowe as the overall winner of the awards.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder at South Ayrshire Council said: "I would like to congratulate everyone nominated, the finalists and winners for consistently going that extra mile to make a difference.

"These awards are important as they highlight the important role our young people play in local communities' day in day out and it is heartening to know that their selfless acts are an inspiration to others.

"To have been selected from hundreds of nominees and to it make through to the finals is a remarkable achievement. I hope even more people nominate next year so we can give more young people the recognition they deserve"

The Chair of the judging panel had this to say: "It has been humbling this year to read about the work which is being carried out by young people in South Ayrshire, their personal achievements and the contribution they make to their communities."

Comments collected at the awards ceremony included:

"Awards were fantastic… very inspiring! Loved the little touches, well done to all involved"

"An uplifting and inspiring evening which really demonstrated the fantastic achievements of the young people of south Ayrshire"

"So well organised and humbling to hear all the talented young folk"

Entertainment on the night was provided by Kirsty McCahill, Jack Souter, Matthew Gibb and there were musical performances by some of the SAYF members and finalists.

The South Ayrshire Youth Forum is a group of young people from across South Ayrshire that ensures young people's voices are heard at a local and national level. For more

information about SAYF  visit http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/youthforum/ or Twitter: @SAYouthForum Facebook: SAYForum. For some great comments and pictures please go to #SAYFawards15

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