Callander Project Leader Named Scotland’s Top Youth Worker 2016

19th April 2016

20 year old, Megan Scott from Callander has been named Scotland’s National Youth Worker of the Year 2016. Full-time youth worker, Megan, who works for the Callander Youth Project Trust (CYPT) picked up the award for her work with youngsters in the local community. Megan has been with the project for six years now after starting as a volunteer and now runs the Community Youth Work programme.

It was an outstanding night for CYPT with Megan Scott picking up the award for Youth Worker of the Year and her colleague Greg Cuthbert, runner up for his work with the project, and an added bonus for the Callander Team was being shortlisted for the Educational Attainment category, recognising their current Cook with CYP programme, where the trust work in partnership with the local high school to build employability skills.

And it was a double celebration for Megan Scott’s family as on the same night, across Glasgow at the Grand Central Hotel Megan’s uncle and auntie picked up Foster Family of the Year at The Broons Awards 2016.  Ian and Betty Falconer have fostered more than 100 children in less than 20 years.  Betty and Ian also continued to foster throughout serious illness; making the world a better place for countless children.

Commenting on her award, Megan said “I am completely overwhelmed at receiving Youth Worker of the Year but I make a fraction of the difference my Auntie and Uncle make, they’re amazing!”

Megan’s humility is one of the attributes that makes her such a good practitioner; Eilidh Strang, the young person who wrote a supporting statement for Megan said “Megan has helped me change my life” and that it just one of innumerable examples of the impact Megan has made on the lives of hundreds of young people in rural Stirling.

Manager of CYPT, Chris Martin said that she is a worthy winner of this year’s title:

“I am grateful Megan’s outstanding work with the young people in the Callander area has been formally recognised through winning this award. She has been creative in her approach by bringing young people, volunteers and a wide range of community members together to enhance young people’s social and personal development.”

Minister for Children & Young People Aileen Campbell said:

“I’m delighted to have been invited to join so many inspiring individuals at the Awards – to celebrate and promote the immense value of Scotland’s youth work sector to our young people and our wider communities.  Youth work not only builds the self-esteem and confidence of young people for future opportunities, it also helps to prepare them for the world of work – providing opportunities for awards and life experiences they may not achieve otherwise. I congratulate Megan on receiving this award. ”

Commenting, Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, said:

“Every year my respect increases for the dedication shown by youth work volunteers and staff, who despite tough economic times and reducing budgets keep their focus on enabling young people to change their lives for the better. Megan Scott and CYPT are both great examples of the dedication shown by youth workers, they demonstrate how great youth work can inspire young people to participate and achieve.
“This year’s winners have all shown the hugely positive impact that great youth work has on our young people. There is unfortunately not equality of opportunity for all young people in Scotland, and it will take time, policy change and commitment to achieve this goal. Youth work is an essential part of our education system, empowering youngsters to take charge of their own futures and giving them a safe space to develop their ideas and talents.”