Search is on for young stars with the X factor

03 November 2017

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Nominations are now open for the 2018 Young People’s Civic Awards Scheme, which aims to promote and reward community spirit in young people.

The scheme, run by Woking Borough Council, recognises children and young people who have achieved exceptional success, in areas that are not normally recognised by formal accreditation.

Nominees are being sought in the following three categories.

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Community – includes work in areas such as helping older or disabled people, working with children, fundraising for good causes and getting involved with voluntary organisations.
  • Triumph Over Adversity – includes endurance and bravery, such as overcoming disability or helping a parent or family member with a disability.
  • Outstanding Achievement – covers excellence in many fields; sport, music, drama, the visual arts, and particularly in less academic subjects that are not normally recognised or rewarded in other ways.

Speaking about the initiative, Mayor of Woking, Cllr Graham Cundy, said: “The Young People’s Civic Award Scheme is a fantastic way to acknowledge the remarkable hard work and dedication shown by young people across our community. It gives us a special way to celebrate their achievements and demonstrate our pride in them, so parents, teachers, carers and guardians, please nominate a deserving young person today.”

The 2017 award winners were:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Community, Declan-Lee O’Leary
  • Triumph Over Adversity, Rishika Raghunandanan
  • Outstanding Achievement, Jamie Lewis

The scheme is open to all children and young people, up to the age of 18, who live or attend school or college in the Borough. All nominations are judged by a panel which typically includes representatives from the Local Education Authority, Surrey Police, the voluntary sector, Sport Woking, Woking Borough Council and Woking Youth Council.

All young people nominated for an award will receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement. The winners will be invited to attend the Mayor’s Civic Reception to be held on Friday 27 April 2018.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 26 January 2018.

Application forms, along with more information about the scheme, are available by visiting Alternatively, please call Julie Northcote, Democratic Services Officer on 01483 743053 or email


For further information, please contact Woking Borough Council's Marketing Communications Manager, Andy Denner, on 01483 743026 or email