Meet our YouthLink Award finalists

Two of our fantastic volunteers – Jill Elborn and Gail Fox – have been named finalists for YouthLink’s Youth Worker of the Year Awards.

Find out more about our finalists and how they help inspire and empower girls and young women in their communities.

Jill Elborn – Finalist for Inspirational Leader of the Year

As County Commissioner for Girlguiding Glasgow Jill helps 3,000 members to gain new skills, make a difference and have fun. She supports and inspires a network of volunteers across Glasgow to deliver unforgettable experiences and opportunities to girls and young women, while also volunteering as a Leader with Guides and The Senior Section.

Carol Edwards, Deputy Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding Scotland, says: “Jill is a fantastic role model, dedicated to giving girls the skills and confidence to reach their full potential. Her leadership has inspired many young members to go onto become Unit Leaders themselves.”

Jill says: “It’s a real honour to be named a finalist for this award. As a volunteer I’ve enjoyed some amazing experiences – to taking girls on their first camp to jet-setting off to Paris, Prague and Barcelona.

The best part is getting to meet so many inspiring girls and young women, see them grow in confidence and discover their potential – it’s incredibly rewarding.”

Gail Fox – Finalist for Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year

As County Commissioner for Girlguiding Tweed Valley and a member of Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Executive Gail has had the chance to inspire girls in her community and across the country.

Millie, a member of the 1st Tweedbank Guides where Gail is a Leader, says: “Gail is an amazing person and she has taught me skills I probably wouldn’t know if it wasn’t for her. You can always have a laugh or a cry because she just understands, she is more than just a Leader – she’s like family.”

Gail says: “I’m really excited and touched to be a finalist for this award. Being a part of guiding has given me some brilliant memories – like white-water rafting with girls in Switzerland, helping leaders achieve that hard-earned qualification or seeing the pride on a young members face as they make their Guiding promise for the very first time.

Guiding has taught me that no matter your age or abilities you can do anything you set your mind to – and that’s a message I’m really proud to pass onto a new generation of girls.

This winners of this year’s YouthLink Youth Worker of the Year Awards will be announced on Thursday (March 16). Keep up with all the excitement Twitter using #YSLawards17.