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Church Groups Nominated for Youth Work Awards

Tuesday March 4 2020

A number of church-related projects and people are up for honours in the Youthlink Scotland National Youth Work awards.

The awards celebrate the work carried out by staff and volunteers in the youth work sector across Scotland. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow next week.

Among the winners of lifetime achievement awards are two people who have dedicated their lives to uniformed organisations. Bill Stevenson, who recently stepped down as CEO of the Boys’ Brigade, has a 50-year association with the Brigade and is also a former Director for Scotland; and Annie Hosie MBE, who is honoured for half a century of dedication to the Girls’ Brigade, including serving as divisional and regional commissioner, national vice president and president.

The recently-retired chief executive of Scripture Union Scotland, Andy Bathgate is up for the ‘Inspirational Leader’ award.

St Paul’s Youth Forum, a charity which grew out of the youth work at St Paul’s Provanmill church in Glasgow, is nominated in two categories: ‘Youth Justice and Prevention’ and ‘Environment and Conservation’.

In the latter category they will compete with the Innerleithen Scout Group, which became the UK’s first ever Golden Eagle Champions in partnership with the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project.

The nominees in the ‘Digital and STEM’ award include Martin Dunbar, STEM Ambassador for Buchan Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade; and Anthony Chalmers of the Fullarton Youth and Community Project, an initiative of Fullarton Parish Church in Ayrshire.

The prizes will be given out at the National Youth Work Awards Dinner, hosted by actress Jane McCarry, in Glasgow on Thursday March 12.


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