YPI Scotland

The Wood Foundation is proud to be sponsoring the ‘Young Supporter of the Year’ category at the inaugural Celebrate Aberdeen Awards.

Three finalists have been announced and there will now be additional judging by a panel including our UK Director Ali MacLachlan with a winner announced at a ceremony at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in September.

The finalists are:

Dylan Anderson for his work with Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Aberdeen – a group promoting young people’s understanding and support of policing in their local area.

Lewis Bannerman for his commitment to Future Choices – an organisation which enables social inclusion for the physically disabled community.

Vanessa Finch for her dedication to All Shapes & Sizes – a charity which supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues to access recreation opportunities.

Ali MacLachlan said:

“We are delighted to be supporting these awards which highlight the phenomenal impact local people are having in addressing local issues here in the North-east.

“The applications for the Young Supporter of the Year were inspiring and it was incredibly difficult to select a top three. The task for us now is to select a winner from this committed group of young people who are all, in very different ways, making real differences to the social causes they care of most passionately.

“Congratulations to Dylan, Lewis and Vanessa for reaching this stage.”

Celebrate Aberdeen was launched in 2011 to bring together the North-east’s thriving third sector community and celebrate its achievements through a city centre parade. This year’s event takes place on 25th August.

The Wood Foundation-supported Mission Christmas, managed by the small but highly-effective Northsound Cash for Kids team, has been shortlisted in the Campaign of the Year category.