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Wick youth partnership up for Scottish award – 'Youth workers in Wick have supported so many young people through this difficult period'


By David G Scott

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Step Forward Wick Youth has been nominated for Scotland’s Recognising Skills and Achievement Award for its work with young people in the local area.

In this remote rural community, youth work is said to "help close the poverty-related attainment gap" and Step Forward has "transformed the school experience for pupils, broadening the curriculum offer, raising attainment and improving health and wellbeing".

The Step Forward Wick Youth team has been lauded for its work and the positive impact it has had locally.
The Step Forward Wick Youth team has been lauded for its work and the positive impact it has had locally.

This success is said to be down to the skills of youth work practitioners who build supportive relationships with pupils and design learning opportunities alongside young people.

The project is also key to supporting young people one-to one. Pupil referrals are made through the guidance team for young people struggling with attendance or low confidence. The team use their youth work skills and CBT training to build up a pupil’s confidence.

The project was recently highlighted as a good practice example in Education Scotland’s publication What Scotland Learned – 100 stories of Lockdown.

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 coming through a very challenging pandemic, where youth workers across Scotland and in particular, in Wick, have supported so many young people through this difficult period. These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the incredible contribution of all our youth workers.”

The National Youth Work Awards 2022 are all about celebrating the power of incredible youth work and the vital role of Scotland’s 70,000 youth work volunteers and staff in the lives of our young people.

The Awards dinner will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, hosted by BAFTA award winning actress, Jane McCarry, aka Isa from Still Game, and Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, Youth Employment and Training and Youth Work.

To get involved visit the YouthLink Scotland website at www.youthlinkscotland.org


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