Susan just misses out on youth worker title

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A SCOTTISH Borders Council employee has narrowly missed out on the Scottish Youth Worker of the Year title.

Susan Robb, a participation officer for children and young people, was named runner-up at a ceremony run by YouthLink Scotland in Glasgow this month. She was one of 33 individuals or organisations shortlisted as finalists across more than 11 separate categories.

In her role, Susan has worked with young people from across the Borders to establish youth participation panels, re-establish Youth Chex and implement and develop two participation strategies – the most recent of which, named Involved, was launched this month.

And this year Susan has worked to support the first local authority Youth Commission, working with 12 young people to gather evidence to make recommendations to SBC for its new policy approach to the prevention and management of bullying behaviour.

Susan said: “I am very fortunate to have had support from colleagues at SBC to develop innovative practices around participation, and am privileged to be able to work with such enthusiastic, creative and motivated young people on a daily basis.”

Glenn Rodger, SBC’s director of education and lifelong learning, added: “I would like to offer congratulations to Susan as this is a significant achievement and is recognition for the dedicated and professional approach she takes to her work.”