South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards draw in hundreds of excellent nominations

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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.

‘The judges have their work cut out trying to establish a winner’

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:

Entertainment

· Gillian Calder

· Robbie Alexander

· James Harper

Sustainability

· Carrick Academy nature Club

· Sheree Armstrong

Personal Achievement in Sport

· Erin Robertson

· Lewis McMillan

· Gavin Drysdale

Helping the Community in Sport

· Ross Dewar

· Louis McIntosh and Fraser Paterson

· Rebecca Martin

Democracy

· Codie Hodge

· Kai Green

· Owain Bevan

Citizenship

· Jodie Carson

· Ayr Academy

Young Consumer Team

· Jessica Hartshorn

Health

· Prestwick Academy Sun Safety Ambassadors

· Joe Andrews

· Fiona Malcom and Shirley Ross

Volunteering

· Sean Lowe

· Sophie Carson

· Taryn Wann

Community Involvement

· Scott Sutherland

· Lochside Girls Group

· Olivia Robson

Learning and Development

· Jordi Sergio

· Kieran Gray

· Outstanding members of PATA

Unsung Hero

· Noleen Taylor

· Eloise Lawler

· Erin Faddes

Art

· Dylan Welsh

· Kirsty Sciurba

· Lorna Romanenghi

SAYF Member of the Year

· Craig Hamilton

· Codie Hodge

· Kirsty McCahill

Paid Staff Award

· Ann Shaw

· Brian Cooper

· Marion Hutchison

Volunteer Staff Award

· Ray Campbell

· William McEwan

· Ann-Marie Onofrio

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, we have had a fantastic response and the judges have their work cut out trying to establish a winner from high calibre finalists.”