Erskine: Siobhan Gray, youth worker, shortlisted for award

An AN Erskine youth worker has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of her life-changing work for young people in Renfrewshire.

Siobhan Gray is in the running for Scotland’s Young Worker of the Year at this year’s National Youth Work Awards.

The nomination is a reward for her fierce commitment to youth empowerment and her work with the Erskine Youth Council, which she helped access external funding so they could see their ideas in action.

Siobhan’s support made it possible to involve young people in the design of Bargarran Play Park, which is the first interactive play park in Europe.

She also helped spur youth participation in the Art BOSS project, which aims to improve the health and well-being of young people with caring experience and won a Young Scot award.

The awards are organized by YouthLink Scotland, winners will be announced at a scintillating awards ceremony hosted by TV actress Jane McCarry and Jamie Hepburn MSP at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday June 1.

Tim Frew, CEO of YouthLink Scotland, said: “Youth work is one of our great national assets. The positive impact that youth work has on young people and society has been proven time and time again.

“We are going through a very difficult pandemic, where youth workers across Scotland and especially in Renfrewshire, have been supporting so many young people during this difficult time.

“These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the incredible contribution of all of our youth workers.”

For more information on how to get involved in youth work, visit www.youthlinkscotland.org.

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