Aberdeen kirk awards celebrate work of young heroes

A north-east church has launched awards celebrating the work of young people in the area.

Skene Parish Church, based in Westhill and Aberdeen city centre, has created the Young Heroes awards in the hopes of outlining the efforts of brave youngsters within the parish boundaries.

The Rev Stella Campbell was inspired to create the project after seeing the good work being done in the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People initiative.

She said: “We know there are a lot of exciting things going on with the Year of Young People, and the Church of Scotland nationally has developed a number of initiatives which involve ‘encouragement, participation and celebration’.

“We want to get people thinking positively about young people, and show off how incredible they are.”

The awards have two categories for people aged between eight and 26: young carers, for those who provide regular personal and or emotional support to a family member living with a disability; and coping with adversity, for those who have overcome exceptional circumstances in their life.

Nominations for the awards are open until the end of the month, before which time the Rev Campbell hopes to arrange a developmental and supportive prize.

She said: “Nominations should be made before September 28.

“So, if you know a young person worthy of nomination please complete and return the forms to the Skene Parish Church office,” she added.

Nomination criteria and forms are available from Trinity Church in Aberdeen city centre and Skene Parish Church in Westhill.