Success for Carrick in youth forum awards

There was significant success for Carrick based youngsters as South Ayrshire Council handed out Youth Forum awards recently.

Winning the Young Star of the Year Award was Girvan Academy’s Sean Lowe which added to his success in the Volunteering category.

Sean was recognised for his work as a volunteer with the Girvan Lifeboat Crew.

Sean, 17, joined up on his 17th birthday and has been involved in shout outs as he juggles volunteering along with studying for Highers exams.

Girvan Academy’s Owain Bevan won the ‘Democracy’ award in recognition of him being on the pupil council at Girvan Academy where he has helped to contribute to significant improvements within the school. Owain is keen on getting into politics in the future and the pupil council is giving him an opportunity to have his voice heard.

Carrick Academy’s Nature Club picked up the sustainability award. The club have helped the school raise awareness of the environment through a range of initiatives such as installing bird feeders, nest boxes and planters.

Other winners at the awards were: Entertainment - Robbie Alexander: Robbie has entertained hundreds of people as a pantomime dame, Bill Skyes in Oliver and also delivered road safety workshops to local schools.

Sporting Personal Achievement: Erin Robertson: Erin is a very talented swimmer and her dedication and commitment to her sport is second to none. She won gold and bronze at the Commonwealth Youth Games (Samoa 2015).

Helping the Community in Sport :Louis McIntosh and Fraser Paterson: Louis and Fraser have given up their free time to help the Active Schools team deliver different sports and activities.

Citizenship – Ayr Academy Young Consumer Team: The team highlight important issues to the wider community such as consumer law, food and health, managing money and finance. Due to their hard work and dedication they have won many national awards.

Health : Joe Andrews : Joe has been immensely supportive of South Ayrshire Youth LGBT group and has contributed to its success. Joe has warmly welcomed new members, encouraging them and building confidence.

Community Involvement - Scott Sutherland : Scott is fully committed to raising awareness of dyslexia across the whole school community and has taken part in a video “Our DFS Journey” and appeared on a BBC Scotland news programme.

Learning and Development - Prestwick Academy Positive Attitudes to Alcohol, 2014/15: Fraser, Jayne, Scott and Amy were outstanding members of the Positive Attitudes to Alcohol Group. They worked together to prepare and deliver engaging and interesting lessons on alcohol to S1 pupils.

Unsung Hero - Eloise Lawler

Not only is Eloise studying extremely had for her exams; she still finds time to volunteer with Young Scot and is making a real difference with her committed attitude.

Art : Lorna Romanenghi: Lorna has always been passionate about art, has progressed to HND level and hopes to apply to Art School. Lorna is her class representative and highly thought of by her peers and lecturers.

SAYF Member of the year - Kirsty McCahill: As Chairperson, Kirsty leads the monthly meetings, is very approachable and a role model to everyone within the Youth Forum.

Paid Staff Award - Ann Shaw: Ann works as part of the Young Scot team to support eight information groups across South Ayrshire. Ann works with these groups on a weekly basis and has a great working relationship with all the young people involved.

Volunteer Staff Award - Ann-Marie Onofrio : Ann-Marie is a volunteer who runs the weekly Lochside Drama Group. The group encourages young people to come together to build skills, confidence and friendships