More than 200 inspirational young people from across East Renfrewshire came together for a night full of recognition and rewards.

The East Renfrewshire Young Persons Service Young Achievers Awards, held at Rouken Glen Park, saw young people from several schools in the area being celebrated for their achievements.

Taking place each year, the event celebrates all the fantastic programmes, initiatives and volunteering young people from the area get involved and excel in.

And with 2018 being the Year of Young People, the winners had even more reason to celebrate.

Among those who collected awards were members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and representatives from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, youth clubs, the parenting programme and various school activity groups.

Marissa Roxburgh picked up the Ray McHugh Good Samaritan Award for her voluntary work in the community.

Councillor Colm Merrick, East Renfrewshire’s community services and community safety convener, who attended on the night, said: “I was absolutely honoured to go along to the event and hear such inspiring stories of the work our local young people have undertaken.

“The Year of Young People has been a fantastic project to be part of and it has really shone a light on East Renfrewshire and, although it is nearing its end, I am in no doubt that these young people will continue to amaze us.”

East Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Service works with more than 1,500 young people in the community and in schools, dealing with issues that matter to them.

As far as possible, the programmes are aimed at those young people who are most in need.