An Aberdeen youth worker has spoken of her joy at being named as a finalist for an award celebrating council employees.
Amanda Pirie, 34, is the youth work co-ordinator for Printfield Projects in Woodside and is responsible for everything from planning events and activities to managing the youth workers at the project.
The lifelong Woodside resident is a finalist for the People’s Champion category at the STAR Awards, which recognises council workers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Amanda said: “I got an email last week saying that I was a finalist, I’m really, really chuffed about it.
“Obviously none of us like to talk ourselves up, but it’s nice to be recognised for the hard work that we do. I was really honoured.”
Printfield Projects is open to children and their families 50 weeks of the year, with a range of events and activities including an annual trip to Dalguise Outdoor Centre in Perthshire and a summer getaway for families.
Amanda revealed she was inspired by community projects she took part in as a youngster to follow the same line of work.
She said: “I think it’s because I grew up in a really good community and around a lot of community projects, and they did a lot for me. It really changed my life.
“I think sometimes it can only take one person to make a difference in a child’s life and so I try to do what I can.
“I just try to help them as much as I can, to let them know they’re all worth it, and that I’m in their corner.”
Voting to crown this year’s People’s Champion is now open, and will remain open until next Monday at 5pm.
To vote for one of the finalists, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a postal vote to People’s Champion, Star Awards 2018, Aberdeen City Council, Business Hub 15, 3rd Floor South, Marischal College, AB10 1AB.
The winner will be announced at the tartan-themed STAR Awards ceremony next Thursday at the Beach Ballroom.