Nominate local youngsters for the Young Scot awards

Louise Macdonald.
Louise Macdonald.

Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship agency for Scotland, is urging people from across Aberdeenshire to nominate young local heroes with inspiring stories for an awards ceremony later this year.

Young Scot is on the lookout for young Scottish stars that have made a big impact in their local community and is encouraging people across the region to nominate young people aged 11-26 years who have made a positive difference to the lives of others, before the nominations close on February 18.

There are 11 categories from Sport, Arts and Health to Enterprise, Heritage and Volunteering, where three finalists in each of the 11 categories will be selected and invited to the high profile awards ceremony in the SECC Glasgow Arena on 10 April 2014. The winners will be announced on the night.

Louise Macdonald, chief executive of Young Scot, said: “2014 is certainly going to be an exciting and momentous year with the eyes of the world on our nation. We want to share the spotlight and make sure young people’s achievements are centre stage.

“If you know a friend, someone in your youth group, brother, neighbour, any young person who you think has worked hard to improve the lives of others or their local community in Aberdeenshire, we are urging you not to let their amazing achievements go unheard. Get your nomination in and let’s make the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2014 the biggest celebration of young people this country has ever seen.”

Last year’s overall winner was Jess Ryan, 22, from Inverness who scooped the 2013 Young Scot Award for her wonderful courage in overcoming sexual abuse and neglect in her upbringing to help other vulnerable young people like her. Jess grew up surrounded by family relationship breakdown as well as alcohol and drug abuse. Nonetheless, Jess was helped by Children 1st and in 2012 recorded song which documented her own personal troubles.

For further information and to nominate a young person or group, please visit before midnight, February 18.