Real truth about Motherwell’s youth

The winners in this year's Truth about Youth Awards show off their trophies flanked by special guests on the night who presented the various awards
The winners in this year's Truth about Youth Awards show off their trophies flanked by special guests on the night who presented the various awards

OUTSTANDING contributions made by young people within their local community have been recognised at the annual Motherwell Youth Voice ‘Truth about Youth Awards’ 2012.

A packed audience gathered at Motherwell’s GLO Centre last week to recognise a wide range of achievement from the 30 strong group of nominees with seven young people under the age of 26 years being crowned winners.

The Motherwell Youth Voice was set up in 2009 as one of the six youth forums in North Lanarkshire, supported by North Lanarkshire Council’s community learning and development section.

The awards recognise outstanding achievements made within their communities in areas such as learning, citizenship, sport, health, entertainment and volunteering.

Nominations for the awards were made by parents, teachers, youth workers, carers and young people themselves to identify those who go the extra mile to help make life better for other people.

Motherwell Youth Voice chairwoman Nina Mullen said: “This year’s awards were once again an outstanding success.

“The group have put a lot of work into making sure we received more nominations than ever, and the standard of applications this year was very high which made it all the more difficult for the judging panel to select the winners.”

The Times & Speaker supported the awards as media sponsor with editor Martin Clark joining Nina on the judging panel along with Motherwell Youth Voice’s Amy Latta, Chris Tollan, Emma McVey and Kate Healy, Motherwell Community Forum’s Felix Mulholland, Motherwell West councillor Michael Ross, and community learning and development worker Simon Knight.

Winners were: Andrew Mooney (22), Christopher Tyrrell (20), Jenna Scott (20), Louise Elliott (17), Nicole Kane (17), Gemma Park (17) and Gary Kelman (17).

Martin said: “The Times & Speaker was delighted to lend its support to the Truth about Youth Awards in order to recognise some of the exceptional young people we have in our community.

“All those nominated were incredibly worthy of recognition and picking just seven proved a difficult task, and I would like to congratulate all those who won the awards, but there were no losers.

“Young people in our town can get a lot of bad press, but it is wonderful to be able to highlight the work of such dedicated and amazing youngsters.”

Councillor Ross added: “The contribution these young people have made to their local communities is quite inspirational.

“The example they have set creates a very positive message of what can be achieved by our youths to help make Motherwell a better place.”

Those who attended the awards were entertained with live music from Reeltimes Music’s ‘My Generation’ as well as speeches from partners and some audience participation with mind reader Colin MacLeod from the Tree of Knowledge.

If you would like more information about getting involved in Motherwell Youth Voice contact community learning and development worker Sean Hanlon, on 01698 403830 or e-mail

For further details about all the winners see November 14 edition of the Times & Speaker.