James Anderson scoops ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at Young Scot Awards

ACE Youth Member James Anderson has been named Volunteer of the Year at the Young Scot Awards 2022.

The nationwide awards aim to recognise and inspire extraordinary young people from across the country who make a real difference to the lives of others.

During a star-studded ceremony, held last night at the International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, James, 18, from Angus, was recognised for selflessly donating his time and energy to help others by delivering disability and anti-bullying workshops to schools and youth organisations. His activism has taken him to Geneva, speaking to a United Nations conference. Shortlisted from thousands of entrants, James was named as one of only three young people in the volunteering category before scooping the accolade.

James’ mum, Ann Anderson,  said:

We are Delighted for our #AutismSuperstar James to win this award. He works tirelessly in his own time for our community and helping others. It’s wonderful for him to be recognised in this way. Hopefully this will inspire a new generation of Volunteers to come forward. This wouldn’t of been possible unless ENABLE Scotland, Angus Carers Centre and Carnoustie High School hadn’t nurtured James into becoming the young caring man he is today.


Director of ENABLE Scotland, Jan Savage, said:

One of the greatest privileges of ENABLE Scotland’s grassroots member led movement for change is working with people like James and other members in our ACE groups. It has been amazing to be alongside James on his journey to becoming an internationally recognised human rights defender!  He is inspirational. Congratulations to James and all our ACE youth members who are leading the way to challenge perceptions and create a more inclusive society in Scotland, Europe and beyond.


Now in its 16th year, the Young Scot awards highlight the triumphs of young people in a range of categories – from sport and the environment to enterprise and volunteering – and shine a light on the invaluable contributions made by young people across Scotland.

Kirsten Urquhart, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said:

We’ve been completely inspired by the stories of our nominees, finalists and winners, who are all doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of others. We’ve kept the spirit of the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards alive for the past two years by hosting fantastic virtual events, but it’s brilliant to have the awards back in all of their glory this year to celebrate Scotland’s young people, who do so much to inspire, support and motivate those around them.



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