Count down is on to reveal top Peer Educator in Scotland
With just a week to go, the Youthlink Scotland Awards will reveal the peer educator of the year.
The award, sponsored by Fast Forward and SPEN, celebrates the abilities and passion that young people demonstrate through their involvement in peer education.
Three dedicated young people have been shortlisted.
• Lauren King – Clyde Valley High School (North Lanarkshire) –
Lauren is the Chair of the North Lanarkshire Youth Council and Motherwell Youth Voice as well as being a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament. In school she is a peer educator, running lunch clubs and activities for young pupils. She is also a dedicated campaigner on disability issues, a subject close to her heart as her brother has cerebral palsy. Her passion is supporting vulnerable young people whose voices are not being heard. Lauren is a constant source of energy, enthusiasm and dedicated to making life better for her peers.
• Nicole Borthwick – Xplore Peer Mentoring (Dundee)
Nicole is a young woman who has worked hard to overcome the difficulties she herself has faced in life. Through the peer training course at Xplore she now has 500 hours of volunteering under her belt and helps run a drop-in for other young people. She is also supporting others with independent travel which is no mean feat considering until 6 months ago her anxiety meant she was unable to get on a bus. Young people, staff and other volunteers can see Nicole loves what she does and selflessly gives so much of her own time to help others.
• David Wark – Glasgow Life
As a peer mentor with the SWAYED by youth work programme, David has overcome his shyness to motivate and inspire other young people. As a mentor David is empathetic, he has a real gift for listening and has a sincere interest in the well-being of young people. He is an exceptionally talented person who has flourished through youth work interventions. The next step on his journey will see him leading the peer mentor team. One of his greatest achievements was supporting young people to participate in the City Sounds competition at the O2 academy where he also performed one of his own songs and won!
The announcement will be made at the YouthLink Scotland Awards ceremony in the Glasgow’ Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday 14th March. It will be hosted by broadcaster and Forth One DJ, Grant Stott and the Peer Educator of the Year award presented by Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP along with Stuart Riddell, vice-chairman of the Fast Forward board.