thousands of young Scots
dinner & the stories of
amazing young people
know a young Scot who
deserves to be recognised?
Since its launch in 2006, the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards have been Scotland’s only national awards evening for the young people of Scotland. They have celebrated the inspirational contributions and achievements of thousands of young Scots who have made a real difference to communities across Scotland.
We’ve seen the stories from the most incredible young people. Former nominees have risen to the top of the sporting, business, entertainment and the art worlds. Hundreds more are making a lasting difference all over the country.
The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2020 will be an evening to remember, packed with great musical entertainment, dinner, a red carpet reception and, most importantly, the stories of 42 encouraging and amazing young people.
Thursday 23rd April 2020
5.30pm - 11pm
Entry deadline - 23rd February 2020
The Young Hero award is for an extraordinary young person or group who deserves special recognition for their bravery. Do you know a young person who has shown amazing courage, battled the odds or showed incredible perseverance to save the day? You should nominate them as Young Scot’s Young Hero for 2020!
Sponsored by Scottish Government
The community award celebrates the work accomplished by a young person or group that improves the lives of other people within a community. This could be with a local community or a community of people living in different parts of Scotland. Your nominee may have demonstrated good citizenship or leadership by promoting and/or defending the human rights of children and young people, influencing decision-making at local or national level, participated in community action, or who has made a huge difference through volunteering or leadership.
Young volunteers across Scotland selflessly donate their time and energy free of charge to help other people. These young people make a huge difference driving positive change through volunteering including altering negative perceptions of young people and creating opportunities for others. Do you know a young person who deserves recognition for their selfless contribution then enter them today for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Award volunteering category?
Sponsored by Solace Scotland
Do you know a young Scot or group who goes the extra mile but never asks for any recognition or reward? Do you owe someone a thanks for their help and support. Someone who has overcome difficult personal circumstances or risen to a challenge? We are calling on you to nominate an unsung young Scot who deserves this award.
Excellence in Education
The Excellence in Education award is for a young person who has overcome adversity or disadvantage to excel in their school, college or university. They may have overcome ill health; dealt with being in care; coped with being a carer or will have shown exceptional dedication and enthusiasm despite their challenges. Recognise their excellence with a nomination today. You are also welcome to enter groups of young people who have worked together to overcome their barriers.
Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland
The Enhancing Education award is for a young person or group who have truly influenced education in their community either by providing access and opportunities for others, or by influencing change in education for their communities. Whatever they do, this award will go to a young person or group who determined to make a positive difference in enhancing education for others.
Sponsored by sportscotland
Across Scotland, young people are achieving extraordinary things in grassroot sport through their efforts and determination. This can either be through playing or helping to increase access and opportunities for sport and active living. We want to hear about teams, individuals, coaches, volunteers and indeed anyone else who is inspiring others or set to be the next Scottish sporting star.
Health and Wellbeing
Sponsored by Active Scotland
Young people across Scotland are involved in supporting and inspiring others to improve their physical and mental health. They might be providing support in their communities, looking to change policy or services, working in healthcare or involved with healthcare charities. It’s important that their contributions are recognised, if you know a young person or a group of young people hard at work to improve people’s health let us know.
Equality and Diversity
The Equality and Diversity Award recognises a young person or group of young people working tirelessly to promote equality, diversity and inclusion or challenge prejudice and discrimination. Their efforts will have helped encourage respect, tolerance and understanding across all ages, races, faiths, genders, cultures, communities and identity. Celebrate their achievements and enter them for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards Equality and Diversity award.
This is your opportunity to celebrate a young person’s or a group of young people’s contribution to arts and culture in Scotland. Are they inspiring and helping others to express themselves through arts or making a difference to their local community by sharing their time or creations in a creative way? If so, we want to hear about them so please nominate them for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards Arts category.
Sponsored by Stagecoach
There are so many ways to entertain – this award is not just for the famous but for the stars in our midst who entertain us every day. They are the young stars of today or the fresh talent ready to explode onto their scenes. They could be a vlogger, an actor, presenter, a musician, a band, a comedian, an expert in shadow puppetry. Scotland certainly has talent and we want to hear about the young people or groups of young people who entertain you.
Sponsored by Standard Life Aberdeen
Do you know a young person or a group of young people who give their time and effort to help protect the world for future generations? This could be related to recycling, global sustainability, ecology or perhaps something else entirely. Whatever they do, this award will go to a young person or group who is passionate about green and environmental issues and determined to make a positive difference.
Do you know a young person or business run by young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial flair? Have they harnessed their passion to help economic growth and sustainability in their local community or started their enterprise from their bedroom? If you know a young entrepreneur or collective behind a great business then nominate them today.
Young Scot of the Year
No need to nominate. All the fantastic young people shortlisted in the categories above will be entered automatically into the Young Scot of the Year category.
Enhancing Education Award
Excellence in Education Award
Equality & Diversity Award
Health & Wellbeing Award
Young Commonwealth and European Championship Medallists
Unsung Hero Award
Year of Young People 2018 Champion of the Year
Young Hero Award
Young Scot 2018
Gemma Cairney is an award-winning broadcaster, youth rights activist and author who is passionate about empowering young people.
Gemma presented BBC Radio 1’s Social Action Show, The Surgery for a number of years and regularly presents on BBC Radio 6 Music both fronting specialist series and depping the Early Breakfast and Weekend Breakfast Shows. She has authored a number of award-winning radio and television documentaries.
After attending The Brit School and a brief stint in fashion during her early 20s, Gemma’s unique, infectious broadcasting style was swiftly spotted by the BBC. She graduated from BBC’s 1Xtra, alongside Trevor Nelson, to Radio 1. Prior to The Surgery, she hosted the early Breakfast Show and the Weekend Breakfast Show.
Gemma has presented the BBC’s Glastonbury Festival coverage and co-hosted BBC1’s New Year’s Eve coverage which had more than 12 million viewers. In 2016 Gemma co-hosted the BBC Music Awards on BBC1 alongside Claudia Winkleman and Fearne Cotton.
In 2014 she made royal history by hosting a live Google hangout from Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s Young Leader project alongside HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry. She also co-produced internet entertainment show, The Fox Problem.
On the Night
- 5.30pm / Mocktail Reception
- 6.10pm / Official welcome
- 6.30pm / Dinner served
- 8.30pm / Awards ceremony & entertainment
- 11pm / Event concludes
You can purchase individual tickets or tables of ten/twelve for this event. Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis.
Included in the ticket price:
• Pre-dinner mocktail reception
• Official dinner programme
• Three-course meal
Table of 10: £1200.00
Table of 12: £1440.00
Single tickets: £130.00
Early bird single ticket (offer expires 31st December 2019): £110
Single tickets will be seated at the discretion of Reach Scotland Events (single ticket holders from the same organisation will be seated at the same table unless otherwise advised).
For those individuals/organisations that book more than one table, Reach Scotland Events will try to ensure that their tables will be situated together.
To book online please click here.
Credit & debit cards/Invoicing
We accept all major credit and debit cards and if you are a registered company we can invoice you directly for tables.
Please contact Aileen Turnbull, on 07825 899 187 or email email@example.com.
NB - Tickets will not be dispatched until full payment for an invoice has been received.
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