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Young people’s achievements to be recognised at award ceremony
The outstanding achievements of Aberdeen's children, young people, and those who work with them, will be celebrated at an awards ceremony tonight.
Aberdeen City Council's all-inclusive Children & Young People's Services Awards programme is designed to help identify and reward the achievements of children and young people's services including community learning, schools, health and social care, sports and recreation.
More than 80 groups and individuals have been nominated for a range of achievements including sporting success, academic achievements and triumphs over adversity.
The nominees include children and young people, as well as members of council staff working in children and young person's services.
There are 19 different award categories, and the shortlisted nominees in each have been invited to attend the ceremony, which will also be attended by parents, and councillors, as well as business and community partners.
Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Jenny Laing, who will present one of the prizes, said: "This is a wonderful occasion to celebrate the achievements of anyone connected to the council's services for children and young people.
"It is a chance for us to acknowledge the fact that young people can achieve and excel in any area of their life, perhaps through their own determination and hard work, but also in many cases their achievements will be due to the dedication and commitment of the adults who work with them teachers, librarians, community learning workers, social workers, and many others.
"Aberdeen's young people have achieved some great things which we should all be proud of and I look forward to seeing their efforts publicly recognised."
This year's event is sponsored by BP, Stewart Milne Homes and Total.
During the evening the details of all shortlisted nominations will be shared, before the gold envelopes are opened to reveal the winners of each category. Awards will be presented by councillors, directors and sponsors' representatives.
The audience of about 300 people will be treated to performances by some of the city's talented young musicians and dancers.