Youth group up for two awards

Volunteer Chris Attkins.

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Arran Youth Foundations has been shortlisted for two awards at Youthlink Scotland’s national youth work awards.

Having been nominated by young people who attend the group, the charity has made it down to the final three in two separate categories – community-based youth work, and volunteer of the year, for our committed and hard-working volunteer, and Brodick resident, Chris Attkins.

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday March 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow, where the winners of each award will be announced.

AYF has a successful history at the event. In 2015, our sessional youth worker Bruce Mackintosh won Youth Worker of the Year (sessional paid/part time). In 2016, our youth work project manager, Graeme Johnston, was shortlisted in the full-time youth worker of the year category – in 2017, he was shortlisted again and won it this time. The same year, Hollie Watkins won part-time youth worker of the year for the charity. The team were back again in 2018, winning the inaugural mental health & wellbeing award.

On this latest announcement, Graeme  said: ‘I can’t wait for the team to have another night at the National Youth Work Awards! We are delighted to learn we are shortlisted in two categories.

‘I am particularly pleased for our volunteer, Chris, who gives up every Friday night without fail and helps out in many other ways – offering free counselling to young people in his role as a psychologist, for example. He is a gem of a guy and the award would be well-deserved.

‘We are also so chuffed we have made it to the final three in the community-based award. We take our role in the community of Arran very seriously. We try to ensure that the youth centre is a positive place for all of the island’s young people and that through that, we have the young people out and around Arran doing good work in their own community – so it means a lot to be recognised for this important work.’


Chris Attkins has been nominated for the volunteer of the year award. 01_B04chris01