East Ayrshire's Year of Young People 2018


East Ayrshire’s young people are going to shine in 2018

The Year of Young People 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements and contributions of our young people. 

We have worked with young people to co-design our Year of Young People programme. A high impact, celebratory events programme, with young people at the heart of development and delivery will create new and valuable experiences for East Ayrshire's young people, families and visitors.

All ages can join in the events and activities across culture, art, sport and more.

2018 Year of Young People Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Year of Young People Awards are now open.

Do you know a young person or group of young people aged between 8 – 25 years who have made a difference? Now is your chance to give them the recognition they deserve! This event will celebrate the achievements, diversity and civic contribution of East Ayrshire’s young people and will give a positive platform for young people to be recognised as exceptional young citizens, who are champions within their given category.

How to nominate

All categories are explained within the nomination form.

Please note the closing date for nominations is Friday 21 September 2018.

Colour run launch

Kicking off the year was an explosion of colour to celebrate the launch at the Howard Park, Kilmarnock on Thursday 15 February with a colour run. The park was a particularly colourful place as over 100 young people were showered with vibrantly shaded powder to celebrate the East Ayrshire launch of the Year of Young People.

See our photos on Flickr and watch our video on YouTube. Read the full press release.

Participatory budget success

Participatory Budget (PB) events ran across East Ayrshire in March with overwhelming success. At these events local people are given the opportunity to decide where public money is spent in their communities and they decided to award a whopping £58,000 to 34 individual projects that will either involve or benefit Young People in East Ayrshire. A fantastic achievement for all involved.

Check out all the project winners.

Educational roadshows

Throughout April and May, Young People in 1st year and 3rd year participated in a variety of roadshows aimed to be interactive and engaging.The first in the series, No Knives Better Lives workshops were delivered to S1 pupils across all of the Academies within East Ayrshire. The workshop, organised by Education’s Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinators, encouraged young people to think critically about knife crime. The second roadshow, Health and Wellbeing was delivered to S3 pupils across East Ayrshire and invited partners from Casbro, Barnardos and Vibrant Communities to deliver workshops to all pupils about mental health and wellbeing.

Free lunch and lots of fun at the holiday programme

Over 2500 young people enjoyed fun and a free lunch at a holiday programme run by East Ayrshire Council’s Vibrant Communities team. As well as sitting down to a healthy lunch, the youngsters got to take part in boxing, football, basketball and golf at the programme which took place at Whatriggs Primary and St Joseph’s Primary over the Easter holidays. Children’s Champion Depute Provost Claire Leitch said: “As a mother myself I know how important it is for children to eat a healthy lunch and be active. The programme was a great way of achieving both over the school holidays and it was also a great way to celebrate the Year of Young People.”

If you want to take part in the fun activities over the summer, visit our events page and sign up now

East Ayrshire through a young person’s eye

This summer, young people are invited to take part in a photography competition to capture East Ayrshire and help celebrate the wonderful scenery and landscape. The competition is running across our Year of Young People Instagram and invites everyone aged 8-25 years old to participate. Our best photo winners will win an Instant Printer to help print out the great photos.

To enter, the competition: upload an image of East Ayrshire on Instagram, tag @eayoyp2018 and tell us about your photo in the comments. Enter as many times as you like! For non ‘Instagramers,’ send photos to Kerry.dair@east-ayrshire.gov.uk to enter the competition. *please note images will then be transferred to Instagram*

Junior Sports Council

Throughout the 2018 year of young people the East Ayrshire Junior Sports Council has come together and is now established as being the voice of young people’s sport in East Ayrshire and works closely with the East Ayrshire Sports Council (EASC). The young people that are driving the junior sports council forward have identified what they feel their priorities are and have developed their own group logo. The junior sports council also now has representation on the East Ayrshire Sports Council executive committee, Lewis Barnie from Grange Academy is the groups representative on the executive committee. Lewis attended the EASC AGM where he was voted on to the committee and at the first committee of the year he gave the committee an update on the progress of the East Ayrshire Junior Sports Council. The Junior Sports Council will continue to meet throughout the year of young people to influence and develop sport for young people now and in the future.


To find out what events are happening across East Ayrshire please visit our events page.

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Contact Information

Vibrant Communities
Telephone: 01563 576354
Telephone: 01563 578104
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