Award for youth worker

Support Worker of the Year: Douglas (left) poses with his award alongside MSYP Robert Phimister from Meldrum. Picture: Submitted
Support Worker of the Year: Douglas (left) poses with his award alongside MSYP Robert Phimister from Meldrum. Picture: Submitted

AN Inverurie youth worker has won the title of Support Worker of the Year at the Scottish Youth Parliament Awards which took place recently.

Douglas Findlay (39), who is a Community learning and development worker has been awarded the honour following nominations by a group of MSYPs as well as colleagues within Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Service.

Douglas has worked in various youth work roles for the past ten years, and most recently as part of Dialogue Youth.

The award he was presented with recognises someone who has gone the extra mile to help individual or collective groups of Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) achieve all that they can.

Meldrum MSYP, Robert Phimister (18) said: “It’s Dougie’s work with the Aberdeenshire Youth Council which really helps to communicate how dedicated he is to young people.

“The youth council would not be able to carry out the work it does for young people in Aberdeenshire if it was not for the huge amount of hard work and hours he puts into it.

“Since its formation Dougie has helped and provided young people to grow the youth council into a respected partner within Aberdeenshire protecting young people’s interests.”

Additional comments from the judging panel reflected the sentiment by the young people nominating Douglas and said that he was clearly held in high regard by young people from the area and beyond.

On receiving the award Douglas said: “It was a huge surprise to have received this award and to be honest I could not have won it had it not been for the young people from Aberdeenshire who work tirelessly at the Scottish Youth Parliament.”