Young Person and Youth Organisation of the Year finalists announced ahead of The UK Youth Awards
- Sol Campbell, Nigel Mansell CBE and The Minister of Civil Society join high-profile judging panel to shortlist applications
- Finalists will be invited to a Reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by UK Youth's Patron HRH The Princess Royal on 7th December
- Winners will be awarded grant funding and mentoring to continue their positive journey
Ahead of The UK Youth Awards on 7th December, UK Youth has revealed the finalists for Young Person and Youth Organisation of the Year. The awards aim to celebrate young people’s astonishing achievements and the grassroots youth organisations that support them through their social development journey.
UK Youth Awards judge Sol Campbell said: “I know first-hand how crucial youth services are at supporting the next generation to reach their potential. Times can be tough for many young people and these youth groups do a tremendous job in supporting them along their journey. I’m proud to be able to honour their achievements at The UK Youth Awards, alongside the inspirational young winners, to showcase that a positive future is possible for all young people if they’re given the right role models, support and safe place to go.”
The six shortlisted applications include:
Young Person of the Year:
- Manpreet, aged 25 from Warwickshire (now lives in Oxford). As well being a young carer for his severely epileptic brother, Manpreet had to overcome his own personal mental health difficulties to transform into an inspiring young man with an infectious personality who is a role model to many local young people.
- Gabriel, aged 21 from Swansea. A LBGT+ and hate crime awareness advocate who has overcome his own gender and sexuality challenges to now support and inspire others to be strong, independent and brave.
- Millie, aged 17 from Guernsey. Since starting secondary school Millie suffered from social anxiety which resulted in her falling behind due to poor attendance. Millie has since gone on to be a local young leader, a confident speaker at several conferences and has even been consulted on local youth policy.
Youth Organisation of the Year:
- Loud and Proud, based in Gosport. Founded by five teenagers in 2011 to combat the negative stereotypes of young people, the organisation has grown to support young people to carry out a wide range of group volunteering activities in the Gosport community.
- Central Youth Theatre, based in Wolverhampton. Working with children and young people aged 8-25 for the last 33 years, the youth organisation mixes the creative arts with local history to instil a sense of civic pride and belonging.
- Bolton Lads & Girls Club, based in Bolton. One of the oldest and largest youth clubs in the country amassing over 127 years of experience to support 1 in 9 young people in the local area.
Rob Wilson, The Minister for Civil Society said: "Local youth organisations play an important role in supporting young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop the skills they need for life. The UK Youth Awards will be a brilliant opportunity to showcase and celebrate the inspirational work that is currently happening in the sector, and I'm looking forward to meeting the incredible finalists on 7th December."
Anna Smee, CEO of UK Youth said: “Every day I have the honour of hearing incredible stories of young people overcoming adversity to positively transform their life and the lives of others. It’s about time these young people and the grassroots youth organisations who support them every step of the way take centre stage. The UK Youth Awards aim to put the spotlight on these inspirational stories to showcase just what the youth sector is achieving by empowering young people with vital life skills to positively transition into adulthood.”
Nigel Mansell CEO, UK Youth’s President said: “The stories I hear from the UK Youth network never fail to inspire me. The resilience many young people showcase during turbulent times is not only testament of their hard work and dedication but also of the youth workers and organisations that support them on that journey. It’s a real honour to celebrate both of these at the UK Youth Awards.”
The two winners of The UK Youth Awards will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony on 7th December. Each winner will also receive grant funding of up to £350 and mentoring from top businesses to continue their positive journey. All six finalists will be invited to a Reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by UK Youth’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
For more information about the finalists or to organise interviews, please contact:
Emma Roberts, Communications Manager, UK Youth
E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 07455 554 690
About UK Youth
UK Youth is a leading national charity that empowers over 700,000 young people, aged 9-25, to take control of their own lives and offers them the support, encouragement and opportunities needed to reach their full potential. The aim is for every young person UK Youth works with, to become a positive force for change in their own life, and the lives of others. For more information please visit www.ukyouth.org.