Youngsters' achievements to be honoured

The outstanding achievements of Aberdeen's young people are to be honoured by the city council at a special awards ceremony tomorrow night [Wednesday, 12 September].

Aberdeen City Council's Children and Young People's Services Awards recognise and celebrate the successes and achievements of the city's youngsters, along with the achievements of the adults who work with them. This year the event is sponsored by BP, Stewart Milne Homes and Total.

The all-inclusive awards programme is designed to help identify and reward the achievements of all of our children and young people's services including: community learning; schools; health and social care; and sports and recreation.

More than 40 individuals and groups have been shortlisted this year for a wide range of achievements, from sporting success and academic achievements, to inspirational triumphs over adversity.

The nominees include members of council staff working in children and young people's services, along with a host of children and young people themselves.

There are 18 award categories, including: Inspirational Young Person; Inspirational Adult; Global Citizenship; Opportunities for All; Physical Achievement; and Business Links. The shortlisted nominees have been invited to attend the ceremony at the Beach Ballroom, which will be attended about 300 people including parents, councillors, council officers, and business and community partners. Approximately 300 people will be in attendance.

During the evening the details of all shortlisted nominations will be shared, before the gold envelopes are opened to reveal the winners of each category.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam will open the ceremony and welcome the award nominees and guests. He said: "This awards programme is about recognising the achievements of anyone connected to the council's services for children and young people.

"It is a chance for us to acknowledge and demonstrate the fact that young people can achieve and excel in any area of their life, perhaps through their own determination and hard work, but also in many cases their achievements will be due to the dedication and commitment of the adults who work with them – teachers, librarians, community learning workers, social workers, and many others.

"Aberdeen's young people have achieved some fantastic things which we should all be proud of and I look forward to seeing their efforts publicly recognised tomorrow."

The audience will also be treated to performances by some of the city's talented young musicians and dancers.