The search begins to find this year's Youth Forum Award winners

 17 August 2018  |  


Nominations close on 3 November 2018. pic Anthony M. D’Arcy (AMD Studios)

Nominations close on 3 November 2018. pic Anthony M. D’Arcy (AMD Studios)

If you know a young person who has gone out of their way to help others or who has excelled in the face of adversity, why don't you nominate them for a Youth Forum Award?

Nominations for the South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards open on Monday 20 August. Each year these prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of young people living in South Ayrshire.

You don't have to be young to nominate but for most categories the person nominated has to be between the ages of 14 and 25.

There are a number of categories to choose from and you can nominate by going to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/youthforum or www.young.scot/sayfawards

A panel of judges will assess the nominations and three finalists from each category will be chosen with the winners announced at an official ceremony.

Councillor William Grant, Youth Champion for South Ayrshire Council said: "Every year, hundreds of nominations are put forward highlighting the generosity, determination and selflessness of young people across South Ayrshire.

"Since this is the Year of Young People, it's even more important that we celebrate all the good things they do in our communities, day in day out. This is your chance to say thank you and give them the recognition they deserve, so please take the time to nominate."

Jessica Hartshorn, Chair of the SAYF said: "The South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards is a hugely inspirational event which focuses on the hard work of young people and the staff that support them. An awards ceremony dedicated to them will be a fitting way to end the Year of Young People."

Nominations close 3 November 2018. You can nominate in the following categories:

Entertainment: Do you know a young person or a group who love to perform and entertain? Maybe they entertain people who can't get to the theatre or the cinema.

Personal Achievement in Sport: Has a young person you know helped their team win a trophy or a title? Maybe they have overcome a number of problems to get to the top of their sport.

Health and wellbeing: Do you know an inspirational young person that's helping others cope with addiction or other health issues?

Skills and development: Is there young person in your community who has transformed their life though learning

Sustainability: Is there a local young person or group who are committed to recycling or battling climate change

Democracy: Has someone you know gone above and beyond to give young people a voice? Perhaps they are using politics to change things for the better?

Volunteering: There are lots of young people who help others. Do you know a volunteer who gives up their free time to help out in your community?

Unsung Hero: This is your chance to nominate an unsung hero who makes your home, school or local area special and never asks for anything in return.

Helping the Community in Sport: Do you know an outstanding young coach? Perhaps someone who helps out at their local club or raises funds for the sport they love.

Citizenship: If you know an inspirational young person who has overcome challenges in their own life and still wants to help others, why don't you nominate them?

Community Involvement: There are lots of young people doing some great work in our communities and this is your chance to give them some recognition.

Paid Staff Award: There are lots of staff who improve the lives of young people, from youth workers to teachers, so get nominating.

Volunteer Staff Award: Do you know a staff member who has gone that extra mile to help someone in their own time?

Art & Digital Media: Do you know a talented young painter or budding designer? This is a chance to celebrate their achievements.

Christmas Star: This category is for young people aged 8 – 26, who light up the lives of those around them. Do they love Christmas and help make it the most magical time of the year?

For more information visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/youthforum or https://young.scot/sayfawards/

You can contact the South Ayrshire Youth Forum awards team by:
Email - SAYFawards@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01292 559390
Twitter: @SAYouthForum
Facebook: SAYForum