National Youth Work Awards

Shining a light on Scotland’s youth work heroes on a night of celebration at the National Youth Work Awards on 12th June in Glasgow.

Get ready to be inspired!

We will be gathering on the 12th of June at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in the heart of Glasgow for an evening brimming with inspiration, from heartening testimonials to the unveiling of this year’s award winners. The National Youth Work Awards 2024 will be the perfect platform to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of individuals and teams who go above and beyond in their service to young people.

It’s not just an awards night; it’s a showcase of excellence!


Meet the Finalists

From the Scottish Borders to Shetland, from computer game design and coding wizardry to providing acute mental health support in Scotland’s accident and emergency wards, youth work is having a truly transformative impact up and down the country.

So who are this year’s National Youth Work Awards finalists? With 14 categories celebrating the breadth and diversity of our talented sector, we’ve got some amazing stories to tell at this year’s Awards ceremony.

Find out more about Scotland’s youth work heroes below!

Arts & Creativity
By giving young people the skills, confidence and opportunities to explore their creativity, these finalists have opened up pathways for our stars of the future!
Community-based Youth Work
Youth work is at its best when its roots are firmly planted in the community it serves, bringing young people together with a shared vision for their future.
Digital & STEM
From helping young people navigate their online lives, to helping create the tech superstars of the future, digital youth work is more relevant than ever! Let’s meet our three amazing finalists.
Equality & Diversity
This year’s finalists demonstrate the incredible power youth work has to bring people together and to celebrate our differences in the communities we share.
Health & Wellbeing
Whether it’s supporting young people to make healthy choices, signposting mental health services or simply lending a friendly ear when it’s required, youth workers provide a vital layer of support to ensure Scotland’s young people can continue to lead happy, healthy lives.
Inclusion & Prevention
Youth workers are ideally placed to identify and address risk-taking behaviour, ensuring young people understand the consequences of their actions and the implications for the people they care for.
Inspirational Leader
Meet our three incredible finalists who capture the imagination of all they meet, creating incredible youth work wherever they go.
Outdoor Learning & Environment
Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom! Let's meet our youth work heroes taking their big ideas to the great outdoors, combining education and skills development with nature and the environment.
Participation & Youth Voice
Young people have power when it comes to making a difference. They are brave, full of ideas, and always thinking about the future. Their ideas are sparks that can ignite big transformations.
Recognising Skills & Achievement
Youth workers are part of education. They help young people to develop the knowledge, achievement and skills to reach their potential in learning, life and work, and face the future with confidence.
Team of the Year
There’s no I in Team. And there’s no denying that some of the best youth work happens in partnership. Our nominees are empowering staff and volunteers to deliver high-quality youth work services together.
Volunteer Youth Worker
Did you know that youth work volunteers across Scotland give 13 million hours of their time each year. These finalists are creating opportunities for young people to realise their potential and supporting their achievements.
Youth Worker of the Year
These finalists are respected by young people, youth workers and partners alike. They embody the skills, knowledge and values of youth work, making sure that young people have the opportunity to learn and develop.
Lifetime Achievement
Commitment and outstanding service to young people and the youth work sector. When you tot it all up, the winners have dedicated hundreds of years to improving the lives of generations of young people in Scotland.

Watch Last Year's Winners

Meet last year's winners!

Watch our wonderful winners dance and jive their way down the red carpet as we celebrated the best of youth work in 2023.

Visit the Archive

Previous Awards Ceremonies

Visit our Awards archive to dive into a celebration of excellence and dedication in youth work over the years.

National Youth Work Award winner struts down the red carpet to collect her prize

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