Scottish Borders #YOYP2018 Awards

The Scottish Borders YOYP2018 Awards (previously called the Inspire Awards) recognises dedicated and hard working young people who have achieved personally or who have contributed to help other young people and their communities in areas which support the #YOYP2018 aims objectives. Find out more about the Year of the Young people.

Nominations are now open for the Scottish Borders YOYP2018/Inspire Awards

The Awards which are held annually to celebrate the hard work and achievements of young people in the Scottish Borders aged 8 to 25. 

The Scottish Borders Year of Young People/Inspire Awards are designed to recognise and reward young individuals or groups who have personally achieved or overcome hardship to make a contribution to their local community in any of the following categories:  Culture, Education, Enterprise and Regeneration, Equality and Discrimination, Health and Wellbeing, Participation and Leadership.  A new category, the Children & Young People’s Champion Award has been added this year for young people to give recognition to an inspirational and supporting adult in their lives.

Nominations are open until  *****Extended to 5pm on Friday 28th September 2018*****. They are welcomed from young people, parents, carers, schools, youth organisations and community groups. Judging will be carried out by this year’s Awards Group which is made up of young people from across the Borders aged 8 to 25.

The results will be announced at the Scottish Borders Year of Young People/Inspire Awards 2018 ceremony to be held at the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels on Friday 16 November 2018.

The Scottish Borders Year of Young People/Inspire Awards are sponsored by local businesses and organisations, please get in touch if you would like to sponsor the event.

Download the nomination form. You can also email sbinspireawards@gmail.com for more information or if you would like the form in a different format.

Previous Inspire Awards Winners

The Inspire Awards event, in 2017, was held in the Galashiels Volunteer Hall in the Scottish Borders and is supported by staff from Scottish Borders Youth Voice.

The Inspire Award winners in 2017

  • Music: Eryn Rae (16 years old, Jedburgh)
  • Sport: Robbie Patterson (18, Eyemouth)
  • The Arts: Lewis Teckkam (25, Hawick)
  • Media: VOMO Radio
  • Community: Still Developing (Selkirk)
  • Voice of Young People: Cian Gullen (18, Hawick)
  • Volunteering: Kira Renilson (17, Jedburgh)
  • Overall Inspirational Young Person: David Chipakupaku (17, Hawick)
  • Overall Inspirational Young Group: VOMO Disability Film

Inspire Awards Group 

This is a constituted group made up of young people aged 8 to 25 years with support from the Scottish Borders Youth Voice staff.  The Board who oversees this group is elected each year from it's members. The young people lead on the planning and delivery of the ceremony and each year undertake an intensive events management training programme, covering a range of subjects such as presentation skills, communication skills, finance and budgeting, leadership and much more.