LGBT Youth Scotland Youth Worker and Volunteers are Finalists for National Youth Work Awards

(Photograph: Riley Bartholomew, Barry Jordan, Jens Bittman)                               

Dundee based LGBT Youth Scotland Youth Worker Barry Jordan, and Glasgow Volunteers Jens Bittman and Riley Bartholomew have been recognised as finalists in the National Youth Work Awards 2016.

Dundee LGBT Youth Scotland youth worker, Barry Jordan has made it to the finals of the
National Youth Worker of the Year Awards in Glasgow next month for his dedication and support of LGBT young people in Dundee.

Barry Jordan is the Youth and Community Development Worker for Allsorts/LGBT Youth Group in the city. Barry is on a mission to ensure that services across Dundee are inclusive, LGBT aware and safe places for LGBT young people.

Allsorts is the LGBT Youth Group for young people 13-25 based at The Shore in Dundee. The project in Dundee delivers youth activities, wellbeing programmes and helps empower and break down barriers for LGBT local young people.

Angela Houghton, Partnership Manager with LGBT Youth Scotland, who nominated Barry, said: 

“In these challenging times we need someone to stand up for the under-represented and marginalised voices across Scotland. Youth work is being squeezed further and further off the agenda, so we need people, like Barry, who can be everyday champions for young people, who demonstrate the unique contribution that youth work plays in changing young people’s lives.

“Every area of Scotland needs a Barry Jordan, a hardworking, passionate and dedicated youth worker to help build confidence and resilience in what could be the missing generation.”

Youth workers Jens Bittman and Riley Bartholomew from Trans Youth Glasgow have both
been nominated for the Young People's Champion Award for their work with LGBT young Glaswegians. The two provide one-to-one support to young people coming out in schools, colleges and universities, and help them deal with issues like housing and homelessness, mental health and wellbeing, and accessing gender identity services. 

Michael Richardson, Youth Worker with LGBT Youth Scotland, who nominated Jens and Riley, said: 

"Both Riley and Jens go above and beyond their roles as volunteer youth workers with Trans Youth Glasgow. It can be really daunting for young people to come to a group like ours, where they’re not just walking into a room full of new people but – often – coming out as trans for the first time. Riley and Jens both go out of their way to make sure that young people have a good experience when they come to the group – I often think that they are the reason young people come back."

"This year has been one of our busiest years as a group, and we wouldn’t be able to run the service we do without the dedication of our talented volunteers – I’m really proud that
both of them have been shortlisted, and they would both be very worthy winners."

Commenting, Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, said:

“It’s great to see all the categories packed with nominations from incredible projects and individuals across the country, whose commitment and vision really does change young people’s lives for the better.”

Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, said:

“Over the last 12 months, we have seen some fantastic examples of youth work making an immense contribution to our communities and this year’s Awards will rightly showcase some of that work. With record achievement in youth work awards, it’s clear great things are happening in the youth work sector. I’m looking forward to finding out more about the often-unseen heroes who have contributed so positively to our communities over the last year.

“The Scottish Government is proud to work with YouthLink Scotland and invest in youth work programmes, which are a valuable complement to the educational system in allowing all of our young people to reach their potential.”

The Awards Dinner to announce and celebrate the achievements of the 31 finalists will be held on Thursday 10 March 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow. The event will be hosted by broadcaster and Forth One DJ, Arlene Stuart and the awards presented by Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP.

A list of the finalists for the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2016 can be found here: