An inspirational role model from Port Erin who has helped transform the lives of vulnerable young people for the past 18 years has been recognised with an honour.
Scott Wilson has been given a British Citizen Award for his services to the community.
The British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually and recognise ’everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.
Scott has worked with vulnerable young people in the Isle of Man as part of the Youth Justice Team since moving there seven years ago, after previously working with young people in London for 11 years.
His support and intervention has helped many young people turn away from a life of crime and instead access employment, education and training.
Scott organised and set up an ’appropriate adult’ scheme on the island to help vulnerable people, including those in care, to understand how they can be supported should they get into trouble with the police.
Before his intervention, there was no fully independent support available.
He is also a great advocate of ’restorative justice’ meetings, where crime victims are given the chance to show the harm that has been caused by the crime, and offenders are given the chance to put things right.
Those he has helped have said that his enthusiasm, hard work and determination has allowed them to feel like a valued part of the community again and to realise their potential.
His dedication has also helped break down barriers faced by the island’s vulnerable and disadvantaged young people from employers and wider society.
Scott is one of 30 medallists who were honoured at a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster.
Speaking about his nomination, Scott said: ’Finding out about the award was a shock really. In my line of work, you don’t really get people coming back all the time and saying thanks you for helping me.
’I spoke to a young woman recently who I had helped six years ago and she told me she was just about to move into a new flat and that I had helped her turn her life around.
’It made me realise that I do actually make a difference to people’s lives and it’s quite touching really.’
Scott was presented with his award by Places For People’s Group executive director of Affordable Housing, Pat Egan, who said: ’Without Scott’s enthusiasm and dedication many young disadvantaged people in the Isle of Man would not have had the opportunities that they now have. He has changed young people’s lives by tackling issues when no-one else was there to do so.’
Scott was nominated for a BCA by a young service-user and friend and colleague Marcia Brabbs.
His award was presented by children’s television presenter Michael Underwood.