Inspiring Youth Workers honoured at YouthLink Scotland Awards

16 March 2020

The vital role that youth workers play in the lives of young people were celebrated at YouthLink Scotland's National Youth Work Awards, and SQA was on hand to present the Youth Worker of the Year award.

This award celebrates Youth Workers whose dedication and creativity has delivered life changing outcomes for the people they support. Three inspiring Youth Workers were shortlisted for the award.

Lyndsey Ritchie's steadfast commitment has been credited with the survival of the Mayfield and Easthouse's Youth 2000 Project and has earned her a huge amount of respect in the local community.

At Glasgow's Aberlour Childcare Trust, the empathetic, person-centered approach taken by Youth Worker Julie Craig, is producing positive outcomes for young people.

Kelly Bruce holds many roles at Castlemilk Youth Complex, including leading a music and arts project, as well as the highly effective Youth Work and Schools Partnerships scheme with local high schools.

Announced as the winner at the ceremony was Julie Craig or Aberlour Childcare Trust.

David Ross, SQA Regional Manager, presented the award to Julie. He said: ¿Our three finalists demonstrate the hugely positive impact which youth workers can have on the lives of young people. In striving to provide the best possible support, they are helping young people reach their full potential. Congratulations to Lyndsey and Kelly, and in particular our winner, Julie.¿

Find out about SQA's PDA and SVQs in Youth Work.