Young Scot Board Member Named as a Finalist in Scottish Charity Awards

Young Scot Vice Chair, Abbie Wilson is in the running for a 2017 Scottish Charity Award.

Abbie, 17 from Livingston, West Lothian is believed to be one of the youngest official office bearers on any board in Scotland is now up for an award in the Terrific Trustee category.

Organised by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the life-changing work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live.

Abbie was elected Vice Chair at the Young Scot annual general meeting in 2016. Having joined the Board only a year before, at 17 years old, Abbie became the youngest Vice Chair in Young Scot’s history. Abbie has been involved with Young Scot since she was 13, starting off as a volunteer on the national Youth Commission for Smoking Prevention for the Scottish Government, where she developed a passion for challenging inequalities in public health. She was a Commonwealth Games Youth Legacy Ambassador and building on her voluntary experience, became a judge for the 2014 Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards.

Abbie Wilson, Vice Chair of Young Scot said: “I am so shocked to be nominated, it was a real surprise. I’ve feel so proud to be working with all of the great Trustees and young people who inform and inspire our work. Together we are a making a real difference for the young people of Scotland.”

Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO, said: “Year after year Scottish charities and voluntary organisations prove themselves to be beacons for creativity, tenacity and innovation. This year’s Scottish Charity Awards finalists demonstrate these qualities in abundance and are shining examples of how people can work together to make Scotland a better place.”

Louise Madconald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Everyone at Young Scot is delighted that Abbie has been shortlisted for this years’ Scottish Charity Awards as a Terrific Trustee. The insight and overall contribution that Abbie has brought to the Young Scot board has been has been incredibly valuable for the strategic direction of the organisation. She is driven, honest and diplomatic and an inspiration to all of the organisation’s trustees, stepping into the role of Vice Chair with ease, making sure Young Scot are delivering for the young people of Scotland and we couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the EICC, Edinburgh on Thursday 22 June.

All shortlisted entries will also compete for the People’s Choice Award which will be decided by the public via online voting.