National Youth Work Awards 2018

North Lanarkshire celebrated success in two categories at the YouthLink Scotland awards

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Airdrie's Beth-Anne Logan won the Youth Participation Award at this year's YouthLink Scotland Awards.

YouthLink Scotland is the national agency for youth work, representing more than 100 youth work organisations across Scotland.

Beth is one of a group of young people who set up a youth advocacy group called 'Today not Tomorrow' (TNT).

They secured funding from the Life Changes Trust to establish a Champions Board in North Lanarkshire, gaining support from the council.

'Today not Tomorrow' encapsulates Beth's ambition to give a voice to care-experienced young people. Having come through the care system herself, she wants to make sure that young people like her can influence the decisions that affect them.

She said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed that Liz Fergus nominated me for a Youth Link Scotland award for participation. And even more overwhelmed and delighted to actually win!

"I am so incredibly lucky to be able to work alongside so many amazing young people in TNT who are committed to raising the profile of care experienced people in North Lanarkshire. People who are determined to change the care system for the better - Today Not Tomorrow!"

As well as her work locally, Beth is very active at a national level. She is a board member of Children's Hearings Scotland and one of the youngest members to be appointed to a non-departmental public body. Beth is also a North Lanarkshire Year of Young People 2018 Ambassador.

Her friend Jade (pictured) campaigns alongside Beth and is clear on her choice: "She is my best friend, role model, sister from another mother and my inspiration; I believe in her so much."

Meanwhile, #Transplant Stories Project were runners up in the Digital Youth Wok Award (Sponsored by Sky Academy).

This unique partnership between the University of the West of Scotland and North Lanarkshire's Community Learning and Development youth work team saw 11 young people from schools, employability hubs and Modern Apprenticeships come together to learn new digital skills.

Over 12 weeks, the youth work team ran sessions on online journalism, social media, podcasting and mobile video editing, all working towards the big event - four hectic days of 'access all areas' digital reporting from the Games!

"It was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences of my life." That's what Lucy had to say about the #TransplantStories digital team at the 2017 British Transplant Games.

Their #TransplantStories hashtag reached 53,000 people, with their top-performing video viewed more than 1,000 times. But even better, every young person involved gained Saltire and Dynamic Youth Awards, recognising their volunteering commitment, learning and contribution to the project.

The National Youth Work Awards 2018 is one of the events that celebrate Scotland's first-ever Year of Young People. This national event, co-designed with young people, showcases their amazing talents and recognises the impact of youth workers on the lives of young people.

The National Youth Work Awards were announced on Thursday 15 March 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

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