Nominate Your Hero for the National Youth Work Awards

Recognising excellence in youth work across Scotland.

Close upof Gemma Cairney smiling, standing at the podium at the National Youth Work Awards 2023.

Nominations are closed!

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a nomination for this year - we'll be announcing finalists in March, so stay tuned!

Your voice matters in celebrating Scotland’s youth work heroes!

YouthLink Scotland invites you to nominate outstanding individuals and teams for the National Youth Work Awards 2024. Whether you’re a young person, a fellow youth worker, a beneficiary of their efforts, or simply an admirer of their work, your nomination can shine a light on those making a real difference in the lives of young people.

Nominations are limited to no more than one nomination per organisation, per category. We would also ask that you limit nominations to no more than two nominations across all categories.

For more information, and detailed guidance on our judging criteria for each category, please consult our Awards Nominations Guidance, and our FAQs below. The deadline for nominations is 2nd February.

Also – we’d love your help in spreading awareness about this year’s Awards! Invite your colleagues, members and stakeholders to make their nominations using our dedicated comms pack.

If you have any questions about the nominations process and this year’s awards, please contact us on

Meet last year's #YLSAwards winners

Nominations may be closed for this year, but why not check out last year’s amazing winners in the meantime?

A group of youth workers pose for a photo, with host Gemma Cairney, holding finalists certificates at National Youth Work Awards 2023

Need more info?

Our events team is on hand to answer any questions you might have about nominations and how to get involved.