Nominations are now open for the Young People’s Civic Awards Scheme 2021, which promotes and rewards 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.
Nominations are sought in the following three categories.
- Outstanding Contribution to the Community - such as helping older or those with a disability, working with children, fundraising for good causes and volunteering.
- Triumph Over Adversity - covers endurance and bravery, such as overcoming a disability or helping a parent or family member with a disability.
- Outstanding Achievement - covers excellence in many fields; sport, music, drama, visual arts, particularly in less academic subjects that are not normally recognised or rewarded.
Speaking about the initiative, the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, said: “The Young People’s Civic Award Scheme is a fantastic way to showcase the remarkable work and dedication shown by young people within our community.
“It’s been an exceptional year, with many young people feeling as if their lives have been put on hold. So whether you know a child or young person who supports a parent with a disability or serious illness such as COVID-19, has overcome adversity or excelled against the odds, let’s acknowledge and celebrate their achievements by nominating a deserving young person for one of these special awards.”
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.
The deadline for nominations is Friday 29 January 2021.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 awards ceremony was sadly cancelled. To ensure that the 2020 winners receive the recognition they deserve, they will be presented with their awards at next year’s ceremony along with the winners of the 2021 awards.
The 2020 award winners were:
- Samuel Fox - Outstanding Contribution to the Community
- Megan Hall - Triumph Over Adversity
- Jai Kothari and Lilly Poulter - Outstanding Achievement