Awards scheme for inspirational youth launched

Do you know a young person living, working or studying in Midlothian whose contribution to their local community deserves to be recognised?

Awards launched

The annual Midlothian’s Young People Awards (MYPA)were launched today (Tuesday 29 August).

Open for nominations

The Midlothian’s Young People Awards (MYPA) 2023 are now open for nominations in five categories. Nominees should be aged between 8-26 years old at the time of their nomination. Both individuals and youth groups can be nominated. 


The closing date for nominations is Friday 13 October 2023.

Midlothian Young Ambassadors

These awards are organised by Midlothian Council in conjunction with the Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian. They are also supported by Midlothian Young Ambassadors who are selected for their commitment and ability as young leaders or volunteers.

Five categories

The five award categories reflect the various positive contributions of young people to Midlothian.  The categories are:

  • Caring and Volunteering
  • Local Community
  • Sport and Physical Activity
  • Arts and Culture
  • Achievement in Learning

In addition to the five category awards, there is also a sixth 'Midlothian Prize' award that is presented to the most outstanding young person from all the nominations.


Nominations can be made by individuals, youth organisations, schools and colleges and employers on the online nomination form which can be found on the Midlothian’s Young People Awards (MYPA) pages of the council website: 

Paper form

Anyone wanting a paper form or having issues accessing the online form should email

Judging panel

The judging panel consists of a young person and representatives in the community. Each winner will receive a trophy, certificate and a cash prize to be gifted to a Midlothian community group or local charity of their choice. 

Awards ceremony

Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony, hosted by Midlothian’s Lord-Lieutenant, Richard Callander, on 28 November at Rosslyn Chapel. All shortlisted nominees will be invited to this event.    

Role models

Councillor Ellen Scott Cabinet member with responsibility for education, children and young people said: 
"There are so many amazing and inspirational young people living, working or studying in Midlothian. These youngsters are great role models for others. The Midlothian's Young People Awards recognises the achievements of some of these young people. I would encourage friends, families, educational establishments and other groups to nominate anyone who they feel deserves to be acknowledged." 

The very best of Midlothian’s young people

Lt Col Richard Callander, Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian, said:

"These awards will provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the important contributions, made by our young people, to so many aspects of life across Midlothian. It is both inspiring and humbling to hear of their experiences and a great pleasure for me to support the awards again this year. If you know of a young person, who is worthy of a nomination, please do put them forward for consideration and help us to highlight the very best of Midlothian’s young people at the awards ceremony in November."


The awards are kindly sponsored by McTaggart Scott, Procure Wizard and the Access Group.

29 Aug 2023