Awards for hard working young people
Published Monday, 25 June 2012
More than 400 awards have been given to young people for their hard work in improving themselves and others in their community.
The Youth Achievement Awards Ceremony, now in its 6th year, honoured young people from across South Lanarkshire, from the age of 10 onwards, who have been involved in a variety of extra curricular activities.
Special recognition was also given to Sammy Jo Lee, winner of Youth link Scotland's National Youth Worker of the Year Award, Eithne Kane, winner of the Andrew Plummer award and Reiss Gibney, winner of the Jim Smyth Unsung Hero Award for their hard work and commitment in helping others within local communities.
Councillor Davie McLachan, the council's spokesperson for Youth, said: "One of the best parts of my job is to see first hand the fantastic hard work and commitment of young people across the whole of South Lanarkshire.
"It is really motivating to see so many young people honoured at this event - they have responsibilities at school, work and home to contend with but still find the time to do something outside of this, something to benefit themselves and in many cases their local communities.
"Young people often get a bad reputation and for the sixth year running we have proved this stereotype to be incorrect.
"I am delighted to be able to congratulate each and every one of our young people for putting in the hard work and commitment required to achieve these awards. Well done to you all."
The young people were assisted by Active Breaks workers in secondary schools and through Universal Connections with the range of activities undertaken in a variety of settings including youth work, active citizenship, alternative curriculum, formal education, special work placements, hands-on skills, assisting voluntary organisations or simply completing a personal challenge.