Local youth workers honoured at national awards

Dedicated volunteers from Renfrewshire have swept the board at Scotland’s youth- work Oscars.

A total of four individuals or groups were honoured at the Youthlink Scotland Awards ceremony, set up to recognise those who go above and beyond to help change the lives of young people for the better.

The big winner on the night was 17-year-old Mark Waters of Erskine Music and Media Studio (EMMS) and Erskine Youth Council, who was named as Scotland’s Volunteer of The Year.

Described as ‘a young man with a big heart’ by the team who put him forward for the award, the Park Mains High pupil was praised for his unstinting work to help create a vibrant community of young people in his local area.

Mark is one of a team who have worked with local young people to transform the former Bargarran Community Library into a busy learning centre for young people, offering youth clubs, a media suite, a recording studio and IT facilities.

It was a double celebration for the team behind EMMS, who were named as the winners in the Innovative Practice Team of the Year category.

The runner-up in the Volunteer of the Year category was Dale Irvine, of Paisley, who was honoured for his work as role model for kids at the Beechwood Youth Centre in Shortroods.

Another winner on the night was Isaac Wilkies, who after attending Johnstone Youth Club as a teenager, graduated to being a young leader and has now carried out youth work for Renfrewshire Council for the past 12 years.

His energy and commitment saw him named as a runner-up in the Youth Worker of the Year category (Sessional Paid/Part Time)

The awards – now in their sixth year – saw 33 individuals or organisations from across Scotland shortlisted as finalists for this year’s event.

The event – hosted by DJ Grant Stott – took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow and was attended by almost 300 youth workers, managers, sponsors and invited guests.

Staff from Renfrewshire Council’s Youth and Sport Services help co-ordinate youth work locally, and nominated the volunteers and staff for the awards.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “These volunteers are shining examples of some of the great youth work which is being carried out locally.

“I would like to congratulate them all on these fantastic honours.”

Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland said: “Once again the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards has given us glowing examples of selfless commitment to the cause of our young people.

“As always, the stories behind the Youth Worker of the Year Awards are truly inspiring.”

Nominations for the awards were open to Scottish voluntary and charitable organisations, community bodies, public sector organisations and private organisations.

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First look at plans for new flagship Renfrewshire secondary school

More details have been revealed on plans for a new multi-million pound secondary school in Renfrewshire.

A planning application has been submitted to Renfrewshire Council for the new Park Mains High School in Erskine.

The £33million school forms a key part of Renfrewshire Council’s ‘Building Better Communities’ programme which will see a £92million investment in education, leisure and community facilities across Renfrewshire.

The school will be built on the site of the existing Park Mains High which has a current school roll of 1350 pupils. Pupils attend not only from Erskine but also the surrounding villages of Bishopton, Inchinnan and Langbank.

Construction work is set to begin early in 2011 with the school expected to open in August 2012.

A three storey main building defined by a strong brickwork grid is joined by a two storey management and administration building clad in Terne coated stainless steel.

The innovative design features a teaching space arranged across 3 levels and a range of enhanced PE facilities. Those include a four court games hall, gymnasium, and dance studio and fitness suite with associated changing areas.

A multi-use assembly hall has a main stage and tiered stadium style seating which has been designed to accommodate local community activities including drama and theatre.

A central atrium, flooded with natural light, which can be used as a dining and social area. This would open on to an outside seating area and playground terraces.

A series of ‘break out’ spaces outside classrooms will help provide different types of learning environments. There is also scope for more flexible use of classroom space.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The completion of the design stage and the formal submission of the planning application mark an important milestone in the development of the new Park Mains High school.

“The application is currently being considered by planning officials and is likely to be decided on by the council’s Planning and Economic Policy Development Policy Board in the next couple of months.”