Record nominations for South Ayrshire’s 2014 youth awards

The South Ayrshire youth forum award winners
The South Ayrshire youth forum award winners

Young people from across South Ayrshire have been honoured at the South Ayrshire Youth Forum (SAYF) Awards 2014.

Earlier this year people were asked to nominate a young person in South Ayrshire who has left a lasting impression on them, be it a young carer, a youth volunteer, a person with outstanding artistic talent or someone who has overcome adversity.

This year a record 224 nominations for the accolades were made in 14 different categories and the presentation ceremony took place in Troon Concert Hall.

Anyone aged between 14 and 25 years of age and living in South Ayrshire was eligible for nomination by the public, their peers, members of the their community and all nominations were assessed by a panel of experienced youth workers, who chose the 2014 winners.

Opening the event, South Ayrshire Council’s Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: “The South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards are in their fifth year and celebrate young people who go the extra mile to make a difference to others and their communities.

“To have been selected from a record number of nominees and to make it as finalists in each category is truly remarkable and make no mistake, these really are significant achievements.

“These days, it’s far too easy to think society will run itself quite nicely until – at some distant point in the future – the younger generation will take over the reins.”

The winners are:

Entertainment and Arts, Domain Art group; Community Involvement, William McEwan; Citizenship, Blair Stobie and Stephanie Currie; Unsung Hero, Connor Hull; Environment, Prestwick Academy Eco group; Health, Catriona Hill; Learning and Development, Marisha Wood; Personal Achievement in Sport, Kirstin Oakley; Helping the Community in Sport, Sam Donnelly and Robbie Henderson; Democracy, South Ayrshire MSYP’s; Volunteering, Megan Short; Paid Staff Award, Lesley Hannah; Volunteer Staff Award, Kieran Wardrop; SAYF Member, Kai Green; Young Star of the Year, Rachel Whiteman.

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was also given to Laura Kerr, South Ayrshire Councils’ former Youth Strategy Officer, who worked closely with the Youth Forum.