Do you know of young people who deserve to have their efforts or achievements recognised and celebrated?

If so, Positive About Youth Awards 2016 wants to hear about them by 12 noon on 24 August.


That’s the deadline for submissions for the sixth annual Awards celebrating the outstanding qualities of young people in Renfrewshire – and this year’s celebration is bigger than ever before.

PAY 2016 – designed by award-winning community–based youth forum Renfrewshire Youth Voice and supported by Renfrewshire Council Youth Services – now recognises the remarkable skills, abilities and contribution of young people aged between 12 and 25 in no fewer than 10 different categories.

New to the 2016 event – which last year attracted dozens of nominations for six different awards – are:

–        2021 Culture Award – supporting Paisley’s 2021 bid for the young person or group who have done more than expected to promote their activity to the wider community and be passionate about local culture

–        Skills Award –  for an individual or group who have turned their life around through training in new skills to help their community and helping others gain and develop new skills

–        Discovery Award – for a science-mad young person or youth group who’ve built or designed something which helps people in the community OR helped others to build skills in science

–        Young Volunteer of the Year

Making a return in 2016 is the Young Musician of the Year category and others where RYV is looking for nominations are:

–        Young Carer of the Year

–        Youth Group of the Year

–        Ferran Hart Young Artist Award

–        Eilish Herron Young Sports Person Award

–        The Unsung Hero Award

A list of finalists will be drawn up and the prizewinners announced at the PAY 2016 Awards Ceremony on 4 November in Johnstone Town Hall.

To make a nomination or find out more about PAY2016, see:

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children Policy Board, said:

”The PAY Awards are a fantastic way to highlight the great things done by young people in Renfrewshire.

“Renfrewshire Council is pleased and proud to continue to support this showcase event and the wider work of Renfrewshire Youth Voice.

“We know we have an immense pool of talent and ability among our young people in Renfrewshire.

“So it’s immensely encouraging to see RYV members seek out the young people who contribute to community life here in so many wonderful ways.

If you know of anyone who deserves to be recognised in the 2016 Awards, please get the nominations in as soon as possible.”

For more information on the PAY Awards 2016 and to submit a nomination, see:

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