Young people from across Levenmouth were honoured at a special ceremony on Friday evening which celebrated their achievements in front of an audience of nearly 100.
The event was organised by Mandy Dickson, a second year Community and Learning Development (CLD) student who is currently on a placement with the Levenmouth team, with help from the 16+ youth group and Xplosion.
Coinciding with Youth Work Week, a national event which provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work, Mandy believed that young people deserved the right to be recognised and acknowledged for all of the good things they do in the Levenmouth area.
“The event went really, really well,” said Mandy. “All of the young people there really enjoyed themselves and at the end of the day, that’s what it was all about.
“It’s so important to recognise these young people and to say to them ‘We see what you are doing’, because if we don’t tell them, they might not even realise how much they are achieving.
“It gives them a real boost of confidence and something like this might even ecourage others to get involved in youth groups too.”
Each and every individual on the night was recognised with a certificate celebrating their achievements, as well as a number of local groups including: Strike a Chord youth music group from Coaltown of Wemyss; Original Youth, which wants to create a space in Leven where young people can access a needs based service run by young people for young people; Xplosion and 16+ for their help in organising the event; The Fence Project, which teaches youngsters how to build fences and resulted in a brand new fence at Leven’s Balmaise centre, and Charlie’s Plot, based at the Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative’s Community Garden.
Councillor Tom Adams, chariman of the Levenmouth area committee was there on the night and presented some of the awards, along with Dave Paterson, area services manager for Levenmouth and David McGrath, CLD Team Leader for Levenmouth.
Cllr Adams said: “I thought this was a brilliant end to the Fife Youth Work Week. To see all of the delighted kids faces getting their awards, it was just great. This rewards them with so much confidence, even just going up on that stage to collect their award.”
As well as celebrating the awards of local youngsters, guests were treated to an evening of entertainment from Strike a Chord and Cameron Barnes of local band Break the Butterfly, who performed an acoustic set, as well as a disco and photobooth.
Mandy offered her thanks to all who attended, to Buckhaven Community Centre for free use of the hall, to Sainsbury’s and Farmfoods which provided food platters and vouchers, and to Sainsburys, Perfectly Polished, Pampered and Polished and Life Health & Fitness who all donated raffle prizes.