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Young achievers turn the spotlight on themselves

Youth AwardsThe accomplishments of Orkney’s young people will be showcased on Tuesday November 7th in a special awards ceremony organised by Orkney Islands Council and Voluntary Action Orkney with help from Orkney’s MSYP’s and other young people, at the King Street Halls.

“It’s always a really special night” Laura Leonard of VAO said, “Over 100 awards are scheduled for presentation, and we’ll get a chance to hear volunteers’ stories as well.”

Youth has also been very much to the fore in organising the event, with host duties, catering and entertainment all provided by young folk.

The list of awards presented on the night cover a range of activities and schemes, from achievements in the Saltire Award and Dynamic Youth programmes as well as recognition of young people involved in sports, intergenerational work and other community projects. Kelsi Taylor will give a special presentation on her participation in the Youth Achievement Award.

Among those receiving an award are a group of volunteers from the West Mainland who run an activity session with St Peter’s residents every Thursday after school.  Activities have included bingo, painting, board games and blethering.

Olivia Dowie commented, “It feels like we’re making a real difference to the residents’ day, and we really look forward to seeing them too”

Also revealed on the night will be this year’s recipients of the Saltire Summit Award.  Organisations have nominated young people who they think deserve a special mention for their volunteering efforts in the community.  A panel of their peers will look at the nominations and their decision will be announced on the night.

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