A CLYDEBANK-based youth charity has been nominated for three national awards.

Y Sort It’s Young Carers Service has been shortlisted for YouthLink Scotland’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Award and its management board are up for the Youth Participation Award. Lyndsey Coleman, meanwhile, a youth worker with the project is up for Scotland’s Youth Worker of the Year.

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on Wednesday, March 13 at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, hosted by broadcaster Grant Stott and Richard Lochhead, minister for higher education, further education and youth work.

Nominee Lyndsey who will be attending the ceremony along with 15 others from the charity, told the Post: “I’m really honoured, it’s nice my colleagues have nominated me.

“Hearing about the other projects and people up for awards will be good. It’s great to be recognised as a project nationally, everyone has done really well.”

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The Young Carers Service provides a range of activities, workshops and learning opportunities, as well as one-to-one support to help young carers improve their wellbeing. The project’s management board are young people who have benefited from the youth service and want to give something special back.

Lyndsey has played a significant part in the development of the Young Carers Service, supporting over 100 young carers each year and was instrumental in creating a unique peer mentoring project, Buddy Up, that trains young people to support others with a background in care.

Jason Smith, a Buddy Up mentor said:“I used to be known to social workers for all the wrong reasons but now I’m going to meetings about the young people I help support, and my opinion is respected. It’s thanks to all the encouragement and support that Lyndsey gave me.”