Suc­cess at na­tional youth work awards

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Hoops’ Guests - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Air­drie woman Beth-Anne Lo­gan was re­warded for her work with youth ad­vo­cacy group To­day Not To­mor­row (TNT) as she was named the win­ner of the youth par­tic­i­pa­tion cat­e­gory at the na­tional youth work awards.

She was among the founders of the group, giv­ing a voice to care-ex­pe­ri­enced young peo­ple to en­sure they can in­flu­ence the de­ci­sions af­fect­ing them.

They se­cured fund­ing from the Life Changes trust to es­tab­lish a “cham­pi­ons’board”in North La­nark­shire, gain­ing sup­port from the coun­cil.

Beth-Anne came through the care sys­tem her­self and was nom­i­nated for the awards event – run by Youth­Link Scot­land – by coun­cil em­ployee Liz Fer­gus.

She said:“I was ab­so­lutely over­whelmed to be nom­i­nated, and even more over­whelmed and de­lighted to ac­tu­ally win.

“I’m 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 and who are de­ter­mined to change the care sys­tem for the bet­ter.”

Beth-Anne is also a North La­nark­shire am­bas­sador for the cur­rent year of young peo­ple; and is a board mem­ber of Chil­dren’s Hear­ings Scot­land, one of the youngest ap­pointees to a non-depart­men­tal pub­lic body.

Mean­while, the 11 young mem­bers of the #Trans­plan­tS­to­ries team cov­er­ing last sum­mer’s Bri­tish Trans­plant Games in North La­nark­shire were run­ners up in the dig­i­tal youth work cat­e­gory at the awards.

Drawn from schools, em­ploy­a­bil­ity hubs and mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ships, they teamed up with the Univer­sity of the West of Scot­land and the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment team for the three-month project, learn­ing on­line jour­nal­ism, so­cial me­dia, pod­cast­ing and video edit­ing.

They re­ported on all as­pects of the four-day Games, which at­tracted hun­dreds of com­peti­tors from across Bri­tain, gain­ing Saltire and Dy­namic Youth awards for their con­tri­bu­tions.

Pic­ture: Alan Ren­nie

Award win­ner Beth-Anne, left, is con­grat­u­lated by friend Jade Kilkenny

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