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Celebrating Youth Work, November 2014

Youth Highland's AGM 2014 was held as part of an exciting event held at The Ironworks in Inverness!  The event marked the beginning of National Youth Work Week and was a celebration of the amazing work that young people in the Highlands are involved in!

The event offered Youth Highland member clubs, young people, youth work organisations and charities the opportunity to get involved in workshops, displays and networking opportunities, an award ceremony and music! It was fantastic to see so many clubs and groups from all over the Highlands turn up to be a part of this event and inspirational to get a glimpse of the young talent that is out there.

Highland Skate Parks ran a Skateboarding session, Caroline Bury - Video Jockey - worked with young people throughout the day to create stunning video effects and the Ironworks sound and lighting technicians supported young musicians in a sound and stage skills workshop throughout the day.

There was entertainment from Thurso, Inverness and Alness.  Seaboard Film Society were Zombifying attendees with fantastic make-up art!  Charleston youth team were doing cup-cake decorating.  Young people from Ullapool came to talk about their project - Get to Know your Techno.  Animation with an anti-sectarianism message from Brora, and displays from Maryburgh, Alness, Inverness, Balintore, Youth Action Team and Youth Highland’s own Youth Participation Project.

We were delighted that Youth Scotland's Chief Executive, Ian McLaughlan was able to come up and present the young people Certificates and awards.  He commented, “It was remarkable – but not surprising - for me to have seen so much passion, enthusiasm and leadership from young people, volunteers, youth workers, the small staff team led by Clair and not least from the Directors of the Board.”

The event played host to incredibly talented young musicians, Rock Challenge and Atlas – from Alness, Isla and Ryan, Mara and Andy, Dark side of the Cookie and Megan – from Thurso and DJKai and Sly@Last - from Inverness.  It gave them a fantastic opportunity to play in at a top venue with the support of sound and lighting technicians that have worked with acts such Kasabian, Van Morrison and Runrig.

Thanks to all who helped this event become a complete success! There will be a 'next time'!



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