SAYF team celebrate getting to the finals
South Ayrshire Youth Forum (SAYF) just missed out on top spot at this year's Scottish Education Awards.
It was a fantastic achievement for the team who are tackling the stigma of mental illness through their 'Say It Out LOUD' campaign. The hugely successful initiative reached the final three in the 'Year of Young People Participation' category.
Working with staff from South Ayrshire Council and NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the Youth Forum created 'Say It Out LOUD' to underline mental health issues and promote mental wellbeing in young people.
Since the start of the year, they have worked tirelessly to deliver training, focus groups and consultations to raise the profile of this important issue.
The SAYF nomination highlighted the development of a wellbeing resource pack for youth groups and the use of self-help apps. The forum is also working with parents and carers to produce a mental wellbeing leaflet and researching how to set up an online chat resource.
Jessica Hartshorn, Chair of South Ayrshire Youth Forum said: "The Scottish Education Awards was an amazing opportunity for South Ayrshire and the youth forum. As a finalist we are highlighting the importance of our work across Scotland and beyond. It was a brilliant opportunity to be part of the event, we were so proud to make it to the finals out of so many nominations."
Councillor William Grant, Youth Champion for South Ayrshire Council said: "Well done to the young people and staff from the Council's Community Learning and Development team for all their hard work; getting to the finals is a remarkable achievement.
"The South Ayrshire Youth Forum is passionate about giving young people a voice and through them we learn a lot about what affects people growing up in South Ayrshire. I know the 'Say It Out LOUD' initiative will go from strength during the Year of Young People and beyond."
For further information on the SAYF, 'Say It Out LOUD' project, mental wellbeing resources or South Ayrshire's Year of the Youth People programme please visit www.young.scot/south-ayrshire