This year's South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards have seen a fantastic 204 nominations leading to 44 finalists.
Every year, these awards recognise, celebrate and reward the achievements of local young people aged between 14 and 25 years who live in South Ayrshire and go out of their way to help people in and around their communities. Finalists in previous years have inspired all age groups with their talent and generosity.
A judging panel made up of experienced youth workers and colleagues from NHS Ayrshire & Arran and the voluntary sector assess all the nominations. The finalists are then invited to attend the awards ceremony on 3 December 2015 at Troon Concert Hall, where the overall winner will also be announced.
This year's finalists in the 15 categories are:
Carrick Academy nature Club
Personal Achievement in Sport
Helping the Community in Sport
Louis McIntosh and Fraser Paterson
Ayr Academy Young Consumer Team
Prestwick Academy Sun Safety Ambassadors
Fiona Malcom and Shirley Ross
Lochside Girls Group
Learning and Development
Outstanding members of PATA
SAYF Member of the Year
Paid Staff Award
Volunteer Staff Award
Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder at South Ayrshire Council said: "These awards are an ideal way to celebrate the achievements of young people who are making such a difference to the lives of others. Their accomplishments could be through entertainment, volunteering or artistic talent; the categories are different but the passion, dedication and commitment of these young people remains the same.
"I look forward to the South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards every year, as it gives us the opportunity to celebrate all that is good in young people across South Ayrshire.
"This year, once again we have had a fantastic response and the judges have their work cut out trying to establish a winner from high-caliber finalists.
"I would like to congratulate everyone who has been nominated, you have been recognised by others and this is a real achievement. To the finalists I pass on my best wishes for the award ceremony"
For more information email SAYFawards@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or call 01292 559390.