Nearly 200 South Ayrshire young people were nominated for the South Ayrshire Youth Forum (SAYF) Awards 2013, which recognise, celebrate and reward the achievements of our young people.
This year a record breaking 33 finalists were selected who have been invited to attend a very special awards ceremony.
Many young people in South Ayrshire contribute lots to their community by volunteering, having an outstanding talent, being a carer, overcoming adversity or making a real difference to the lives of others.
We asked you to nominate a young person in South Ayrshire who you thought was worthy of a SAYF award.
Anyone between 14 and 25 years and living in South Ayrshire was eligible for nomination in one of ten categories: Sport, Democracy, Citizenship, Health, Entertainment and Arts, Environment, Volunteering, Learning and Development, Community Involvement and the Unsung Hero award.
Councillor John Hampton, Young People’s Champion for South Ayrshire Council said: “Once again the public have highlighted what outstanding young people we have in South Ayrshire.
“When you learn of what adversities have been overcome, how much young people give to others and how eager they are to do so, it really makes you realise how lucky we are in South Ayrshire to have such determined people in our communities.”
This year over 192 nominations were received and the judging panel selected 33 finalists across the categories who will go forward to the South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards ceremony at Troon Concert Hall.
A panel of experienced youth workers assessed the nominations and selected three finalists in each category.
In the Citizenship award sponsored by South Ayrshire Community Safety Partnership Kate Fleming from Maybole was nominated. Kate Fleming has recently been elected as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament representing the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency working to gather the thoughts, opinions and views of her peers to feedback to the Scottish Youth Parliament. Kate is also Vice Captain at Carrick Academy.
In the Environment award sponsored by Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group Kimberley McCoy from Maybole was nominated. Kimberley McCoy’s motto is ‘every little helps’. She always turns unused appliances off at plugs and turns light out when not needed, is a keen recycler and donates unwanted clothes to charity.
In the Learning and Development award sponsored by Ayrshire College Matthew Wyllie from Maybole was nominated. Matthew Wyllie has shown dedication and loyalty as a ward volunteer at The Ayrshire Hospice. He has made good use of his qualification and skills to deliver training courses in Infection Control and Food Hygiene within the education section department and is a benefit to the Hospice staff.
In the Community Involvement award sponsored by Young Scot Claire Bryan from Kirkmichael was nominated. Claire Bryan is school captain at Carrick Academy and plays an active role in several school committees as well as representing the school at Maybole Community Council and is the official yearbook photographer. She is involved in fundraising for the Vine Trust and travelled to Peru for three weeks to work with abandoned street boys. Claire also recently gained her Young Leadership qualification in Girl Guiding and is working towards her Queens Guide Award. Claire is considered to be a fantastic role model for her school and local community.
In the Unsung Hero award sponsored by South Ayrshire Access to Sport Olivia Khan from Maybole was nominated. Olivia has been a helper at The Ayrshire Hospice since February this year. She has exceeded expected hours by covering many extra shifts on top of her studies to pursue a career in healthcare. She is very positive, enthusiastic, caring and displays a sensitivity and understanding of care beyond her years.
The judging panel was made of representatives from the voluntary sector and South Ayrshire Council currently working in the youth work field in South Ayrshire.
The awards ceremony will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday 5 December 2013 in Troon Concert Hall.
The Forum plays an important part in promoting the views of all young people in South Ayrshire and reporting back to the Scottish Youth Parliament and the UK Youth Parliament.
To find out more about the South Ayrshire Youth Forum log on to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/youthforum.