Girls on the Move Youth Worker Celebrated at Youthlink Scotland Awards 2013

Christopher Stewart, a fitness instructor at Cornton Vale Prison, has been named runner up for Partnership Worker of the Year Award at YouthLink Scotland's National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2013.

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Working in partnership with Youth Scotland on the Girls on the Move project, Chris has helped young women embrace exercise in a gym environment, changing the perception of keeping fit and active.

Christopher said: "I was chuffed to bits to be nominated for the award by Youth Scotland. The partnership between Youth Scotland and Cornton Vale Prison has been a great success and has really benefitted the young women and the prison as a whole.

"Physical activity levels have increased within the prison and we are now delivering programs and courses that are different and attractive to the young women. I am looking forward to developing the partnership further and providing more opportunities for the young women within the gym environment."

The winners from across Scotland have all shown outstanding passion for changing the lives of young people for the better. From young volunteers who have overcome challenging personal circumstances in their own lives to mentor and support their peers to innovative projects that have brought young people together with a shared love of music.

Commenting on the Awards, Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland said:

"Once again the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards has given us glowing examples of selfless commitment to the cause of our young people.

As always the stories behind the Youth Worker of the Year Awards are truly inspiring. Youth workers are really quite unique people who engage with young people in places and at times when most other folk are at home with their feet up. Whether it be a rainy Tuesday in Hamilton or a Duke of Edinburgh expedition on Skye,  youth workers will be there supporting, challenging and giving of their talents to help young people be all they can be.

Youth Work is one of the few vocations that has people from 16 to 80 years old involved as leaders and volunteers to PhD holders all working towards helping young people grow and develop their skills. It was great to see so many of these folk honoured in a very special way at YouthLink Scotland's Annual Awards. Our thanks also to the Scottish Government and to our many sponsors for their continued support."