Youth awards entries sought

Councillors and young people launched the Youth Forum Awards 2012 last month.
Councillors and young people launched the Youth Forum Awards 2012 last month.

INSPIRING young people from Carrick could be recognised for their work at county level - but they need their community behind them.

The South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards aim to recognise, celebrate and reward the achievements of younsters who make a difference, whether it be as a young carer; a volunteer; an artistic talent; or someone who has overcome great adversity.

And with little over a fortnight to go until nominations close, communities are being urged to get voting.

Anyone can nominate a young person aged between 14 and 25 years and living in South Ayrshire in nine categories including sport, environment, democracy and leadership, community involvement and more. An overall winner will also be selected from those who win each of the nine categories.

Councillor John Hampton, Young People’s Champion for South Ayrshire Council, said: “Young people play an integral part in our communities, they have a voice and they deserve to be heard.

“The Youth Forum Awards are an opportunity for the public to show their appreciation for talented, generous and selfless young people who make such a difference in our communities. These young people are an inspiration.”

Chair of the South Ayrshire Youth Forum Maria McGough said: “Lots of young people in South Ayrshire deserve to have their hard work, dedication, skills and talents recognised. The South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards are one way of acknowledging the outstanding achievements of young people.”

Nominations will close on Friday November 9, after which a panel of experienced youth workers will select three finalists from each category. The finalists will be invited to attend the awards ceremony at Troon Concert Hall on December 6 2012.

Nominations can be made by logging on to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/youthforum. For more information email SAYFawards@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.