Double celebration for Airdrie Youth Work Service

Great night for Airdrie Youth Work as they celebrate two national awards

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Airdrie Youth Work Service were named Team of the Year 2017, sponsored by the CLD Standards Council, and local social worker, Jennifer Lafferty has picked up the title of Scotland's Youth Work Champion at an awards ceremony in Glasgow.

The 10th National Youth Worker of the Year Awards, run by YouthLink Scotland, has been an outstanding showcase of the remarkable work that is being done right across the nation. The ceremony was held on Thursday 16 March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

The Airdrie Youth Work Team, based at the @home Youth Centre, have been celebrated for their work around inclusion, equalities and diversity. The team work with vulnerable young people, including young carers, those at risk of ant-social or criminal behaviour, LGBT+ young people and young parents. The project provides support that is tailored to each individual young person.

Jennifer Lafferty works in Community Alternatives, an intensive social work resource for young people who are at risk of being placed in residential care. She picked up her national award for her work helping vulnerable local youngsters to find a better path in life.Jennifer Lafferty

Commenting, Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, said: "Youth work is critical to the success of many young people in Scotland. In every area of the country there are countless examples of people, paid and unpaid who do great work with young people that quite literally changes lives.  Both the Airdrie Youth Work Team and Jennifer Lafferty's project are fantastic examples of effective youth work, their work illustrates that when the investment is made in our young people, and they are given the opportunity to learn and grow outside the classroom, their achievement and attainment improves." 

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