PAY Awards 2017 in Youth Voice Groups

Renfrewshire’s Got Talent

Young people who made a positive contribution to Renfrewshire communities were honoured at a special awards ceremony in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, on Wednesday 8th November. 

The Positive About Youth (PAY) Awards, organised by community-based youth forum Renfrewshire Youth Voice, are held to celebrate the remarkable skills and abilities of local young people aged between 12 and 25. More than 200 guests, including friends, family and sponsors, looked on as the winners were announced at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.

Trophies were presented to prize-winners in eight different categories of achievement, including Young Carer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and Youth Group of the Year.

The winners from each of the categories were:

Campaign for change award:

Who Cares? Scotland - Young Campaigners Group

Eilish Herron Young Sports Person:

Lewis Nicholson


Ferran Hart Young Artist:
Sophie Paterson


 Literature award:
Neave Scott



Unsung Hero award:
Aleena Rafi


Young Carer award:

Jamie Pizzey


Young Volunteer of the year award:

Rebecca Adams

Youth Group of the year award:

Paisley Grammar S5/6 MVP Mentors


Congratulating the winners, Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said:

“The Positive about Youth awards are a great way to showcase the fantastic achievements of young people in Renfrewshire. It’s been a privilege to witness the celebration of talent that young people in Renfrewshire have.
“We have a huge amount of accomplished and committed youngsters in Renfrewshire and these awards demonstrate the great work and results that can be achieved. It is events such as this that continue to build a genuinely favourable image of young people in the area.
“Tonight’s winners and nominees all make a positive difference to their communities and it’s essential that we continue to acknowledge their achievements."


Commenting on the night, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, Mark Dougan said:

"The Positive about Youth awards are evidence that Renfrewshire's youth have a voice, have talent and have an impact on their local communities. It has been great to celebrate our young people tonight and I hope the award winners will motivate and inspire others."

Youth Services is Renfrewshire Council’s youth work team. It is part of Children’s Services and comprises of Community Learning, Youth Information and Awards Development Officers. The team delivers service in schools and in communities across Renfrewshire. The service aim is to improve outcomes for young people in Renfrewshire through youth work, youth information, empowerment activities and outdoor learning.

Young people aged 12-25 can find out more about local youth groups and the youth forums on the Renfrewshire Council website:

Alternatively if you are a young person interested in joining RYV, please contact Youth Services on 0141 889 1110.