Recognising local people and youth projects in the West Cheshire Youth and Community Awards 2019

25 September 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council Early Help and Prevention Service celebrated the work of our young people and those who support them at the recent West Cheshire Youth and Community Awards 2019 event.

The event, held at Northwich Memorial Court, recognised young people in west Cheshire and those dedicated individuals and groups who support 13 – 19 year olds to help them to thrive, grow and flourish.

Councillor Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member Children and Families, said: “It was a fantastic evening. We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of nominations we received.

“It is evident there is some fantastic work taking place across our borough and I am delighted we were able to take the opportunity to recognise the people involved.

“I would like to offer my personal congratulations to everyone who received an award and to thank all those who took the time to submit a nomination. Without your contributions we would not have heard of all the brilliant work being undertaken.”

There were nine award categories. Details of winners in each category are accessible via

Chester and Rural area winners included:

Kate Mooney, Adult Volunteer of the Year
‘Fun, kind and trustworthy, young people can speak about problems or issues with ease. Kate provides hundreds of hours of volunteering to support young carers.’

Isabel Roberts, Young Person Volunteer of the Year
‘A crucial member of the Family Integrated Care Team at the Countess of Chester Hospital, ensuring families are at the heart of their baby’s care. Inspirational! Staff feel they are very lucky to have Izzy.’

Eve Dixon and Lucy McHugh, Young Person Equality and Diversity Champion
‘Without their commitment, time and care many students may feel scared, their mental health may be affected and school could be a battle. Their dedication and care for a diversity inclusive environment is commendable, they are real flag flyers for everyone.’

Sophie Hill, Inspirational Youth Worker
‘Regularly goes beyond their role supporting many young people on a one to one basis to help them overcome whatever difficulties they face so they can enjoy themselves and achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Award.’

Cheshire West and Chester Council Youth Service, Early Intervention
‘Teenage Relationship Abuse workshops have reached approximately 3,500 students so far and the feedback is remarkable. The work is innovative, thought provoking and the ‘right thing to do’ for our young people.’

Ellesmere Port and Neston area winners included:

Poppy-Mae Jones, Young Person Outstanding Achievement
‘An amazing little lady who has raised more than £5000 for charity. An inspirational story of one so young wanting to give back to her community.’

Isla Ludgate, Young Person Care for Others
‘A kind, hard-working individual who helps to care for their older sibling. Always a smile, their personality has a big impact on people. Isla’s caring nature shines out.’

The Boaty Theatre Company, Mental Health or Wellbeing Project
‘Inspiring young people to accept who they are, be confident in their ability and help others to recognise diversity… young people grew in confidence and their self-esteem and sense of self-worth glowed!’

Carol Stott, Adult Volunteer of the Year
‘Carol’s commitment, passion and enthusiasm has meant an ever presence in the lives of generations of Neston residents.’

Peter Webb, Young Person Volunteer of the Year
‘An asset to Choices SEND Youth Project, volunteering hours to support young people through music skills. An exceptional young volunteer. ’

Neston Primary School Rotakids Group, Partnership of the Year
‘One of the first schools in the North West to establish a Rotakids Group. Since set up the children have raised over £4000 for charities.’

Simon Skidmore, Inspirational Youth Worker
‘A truly inspirational youth worker who goes above and beyond to support children and teenagers. Dedicated and kind and sets such a great example for young people to follow.’

Jon Butler, Young Person Inspire Award
‘An inspiration to both staff and members of Choices SEND Youth Project. The young people at the group really like and appreciate Jon. An asset to our Youth Service.’     

Northwich and Winsford area winners included:

Charlotte Starr, Young Person Care for Others
‘The way they help others is warming to see and shows us all that learning difficulties do not stop young people achieving and being inspirational for others. An amazing young person!’

Steve Elliott, Adult Volunteer of the Year
‘Attends overnight stays, various evening and weekend activities and fortnightly respite sessions. A dedicated human being, compassionate, empathetic and kind.’

Emily Holmes, Young Person Volunteer of the Year
‘Actively supports Winsford Salvation Army and a talented musician…Emily is naturally happy, sensitive and caring and does everything with a smile.’

Kye Wikeley, Young Person Equality and Diversity Champion
‘Inspires other young people and is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ equality. Goes out of the way to help others and is known as the ‘dad’ of the group. Everyone loves Kye.’

Kacey Baker, Inspirational Youth Worker
‘Infectious work style and work rate beyond the norm of youth work. Regular feedback reinforces not only a great worker but an inspirational youth worker.’

Nathan Harris, Young Person Inspire Award  
‘Loved by the children and able to connect with them in play sessions. Nathan’s contribution to the vibrant community around Life Church has been amazing.’     

The Cheshire West and Chester Council Youth Service continues to support our young people to give them the best start in life. If you would like to know more about the activities and projects you or your family can get involved in please visit the Council website and search ‘youth services’.

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