By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator
It is so important that the amazing work that our young people do gets recognised, not only by the organisations they are working in, but nationally by governing bodies and the Scottish Government.
So far this year the Active Champions have given 8,739 hours, volunteering at their weekly sessions and at external events such as the European Championships. Without their positive attitude, effort, and commitment to providing young people with safe, fun spaces to play, relax, and make friends, many young people’s lives would not be the same.
The young people we have the pleasure of working with are inspirational role models for all people, young and old, and they prove this over and over again with the fantastic work they do. From designing sessions, deciding on the best way to deliver, planning and delivering residentials, to assisting in policy decisions, the young people we work with really take the lead on deciding their future, and the future of the organisations they work and volunteer in.
With this year being the Year of Young People it has shone a light on all the amazing things the young people of Scotland do, and has given them a voice that is being heard throughout all sectors. This is so important to ensure young people know their opinions do matter, and that they can make a difference to their own lives and the lives of those around them. The year has also brought new opportunities for the young people of Scotland including funding projects led by young people and awards signed by the First Minister that recognise their achievement.
At Active East and Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) we hold an annual awards night to recognise just how proud and inspired we are by the young people we work with. This gives all the young people from each of SSF’s programmes the chance to come together and share in a whole night dedicated to them. This recognition is so important to us as workers, and also to all the volunteers as it shows just how good a job the people we work with do and lets us celebrate this on a massive stage.