Renfrewshire Council

St James Street Youth Hub team members

Congratulating Children's Services staff recognised at annual award ceremony

St James Street Youth Hub were just one of the many inspirational colleagues honoured at the 2019 Staff Recognition Awards

Congratulations to the St James Street Youth Hub for winning the People Award in the 2019 Staff Awards.

Since its introduction around four years ago, the hub has succeeded in helping vulnerable young people aged 14 to 21 by gathering a range of youth-related services together in one place.

The service supports young people from very complex backgrounds and together, they work through the challenges they face.

The teams within the hub—which has been adapted to suit the needs of young people—have created a resource described by many as a haven - a place where young people are accepted and encouraged, supported and guided.

Some of the facilities at the hub include an open kitchen, shower and washing machine facilities and activities include five-a-sides, creative writing, yoga and wellbeing classes.

The hub also runs a Friday lunch club, which has been visited by senior officials, councillors and representatives from the Scottish Government.

Award finalists

Our operational support teams and teacher Peter Maiolani were also recognised for their hard work and were finalists in their award categories.

The First Response and Children's Services Operational Support were up for the Organisation Award.

They operate from four locations across Renfrewshire and provide high-level administrative support to Children's Services and children's houses. They play a vital role in creating the best life outcomes for children and young people.

The team provides a data entry function, monitors data quality, manages documents and maintains close links with the Scottish Children's Reporters Administration.

It also provides food parcels and ensures fostering and adoption paperwork reaches Children's Panels on time.

The team deal with sensitive information on a daily basis and tasks are completed diligently and efficiently.

They are a vital part of Children's Services; this team is regularly praised by our social work teams who recognise the importance of the administrative function it provides.

Peter Maiolani teaches at Castlehead High School and was a finalist for Team Member of the Year Award.

He has more than 35 years teaching experience and throughout has demonstrated excellent practice, commitment, initiative, resourcefulness and creativity. He is described by his colleagues as putting young people's development and welfare at the forefront of everything he does. His efforts are recognised not only by his school, but by partner organisations, parents and the young people he supports.

Peter has worked with the I Am Me charity since it began and also supported young people in the organisation of a young volunteers committee, which heavily influenced the development of an anti-hate crime training pack.

He also supported the young volunteers to develop a lesson plan which is now used in schools across Scotland. Much of this was done in his own time.

Peter leads Castlehead's Paired Reading Club, which is the largest of its type in Scotland, and pairs senior pupils with S1 and S2 pupils two lunchtimes a week. The club has been credited with developing children's reading skills, building self-confidence and making the transition from P7 to S1 smoother.

I'd like to congratulate everyone in Children's Services who was nominated for the 2019 Staff Awards. I know the hard work that everyone puts into making sure we improve outcomes for every child and young person.

Long-service recognition

Eight colleagues were also formally recognised for their long service with the council. I'd like to say thank you to each of them for their dedication and commitment to Renfrewshire children and young people.

  • Mary McGuiness
  • George Hutton
  • Theresa McLaughlan
  • Deborah McNeil
  • Elizabeth Burgoyne
  • May Kirk
  • Lorraine Irvine
  • Anne Gordon

Steven Quinn

Director of Children's Services

Published on Friday 7 February 2020.

Pictured: St James Street Youth Hub