Local teenager wins a national award

A Stonehaven teenager who was nominated for a Young Quality Scot Award 2013 has been successful in winning the title for Aberdeenshire.

Fourth year Mackie Academy pupil Lucy Gourlay was nominated by Community Learning and Development worker Joyce Effon for the tremendous work she carries out within the local community.

Lucy is the Youth Representative for the Stonehaven and District Community Council and also a volunteer at Active Hub - an event every Friday night at Stonehaven Leisure Centre from 7-10pm for young people to go and take part in various sports and activities.

As well as this, Lucy is involved in the Community, Learning and Development group as well as being involved in many church activities.

Joyce Effon, Community Learning and Development worker said: “It’s the first time we’ve ever nominated someone for this award and I’m so happy that Lucy has been successful. It’s a great achievement for her and she really is an inspiring youngster and a real all rounder in the community.

“Lucy will go to a two day training event before being presented her award down in Glasgow at the beginning of next year.”

The Young Quality Scot Award recognised active citizenship in the community and they are awarded to young adults aged between 16-19.

People nominated must be actively involved in trying to make a difference in their community, on their own, with friends or through a club or other organisation.

The award has been recognising and rewarding young people since 1995 who are involved in voluntary work in and across Scotland to improve the quality of life in their local communities.

Following training in January, all award winners will be invited to a national recognition event which encourages motivation and development of positive attitudes.

All award winners receive a certificate that acknowledges their voluntary achievement and can be used to assist with employment and training opportunities.