Mental Health & Wellbeing award for AYF

Local charity Arran Youth Foundations has won another accolade, picking up the Mental Health & Wellbeing trophy at the 2018 National Youth Work Awards ceremony.

Having won National Full-Time Youth Worker of the Year and National Part-Time Youth Worker of the Year at YouthLink Scotland's annual awards night in 2017, AYF's youth workers Graeme Johnston and Hollie Watkins again saw their work recognised by the judging panel.


The award, a new category to mark the Year of Young People, is sponsored by Mental Health Foundation Scotland and NHS Health Scotland and the Arran charity made it down to the final shortlist of three after being nominated by one of the group's young people.

It has been a successful year for the organisation, which also scooped trophies at the Arran Community Voluntary Services volunteer awards - with founder Helen Kerr winning Community Champion 2017 and young volunteer Abbie Jackson lifting Young Volunteer of the Year.

This latest award win is recognition of the work that AYF's youth work team do to help youngsters around the island with their mental health and wellbeing - supporting LGBT+ youths through weekly activities and counselling many other young people to help combat depression, self-harm, grief, stress and a wide range of other issues. The youth workers often make referrals to other services such as CAMHS, GPs, Penumbra and school counselling.

Youth Work Project Manager, Graeme Johnston, said: "We're absolutely delighted to win in such an important category, for something that means so much to us. We really want to help Arran's young people become more resilient and do everything we can to support them to reach their full potential. If any youngster feels they could benefit from some support, even if it's just having someone to talk to confidentially, please come and see us. Our groups are open to anyone and everything is free of charge."

Posted 19/03/2018