West Cheshire Youth and Community Awards 2019

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

The event, held on Friday 13 September 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.

We are pleased to announce the following winners in the categories below. Congratulations to everyone.

Young Person Outstanding Achievement
Recognising a young person who has contributed to their community in an outstanding way. We wanted to award a young person who has achieved more than their years and can be proud of their achievements. The award was presented to:
  • Poppy-Mae Jones
    ‘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.’
Young Person Care for Others
Recognising a young person with extra responsibilities, someone who, given their circumstances is still achieving, supporting others and overcoming barriers. We were especially keen to hear from people who empower others and advocate on other people’s behalf. Awards were presented to:   
  • Isla Ludgate
    ‘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.’
  • Charlotte Starr
    ‘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!’
Mental Health or Wellbeing Project  
Mental health is the most important issue to young people in west Cheshire. We know this because of the Make Your Mark data our Youth Senate collected last year. For this award we wanted to hear from a project that has listened to the needs of young people, working innovatively and creatively to support emotional health and wellbeing. The award was presented to:
  • The Boaty Theatre Company
    ‘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!’
Young Person Volunteer of the Year
Recognising someone who gives up their time to help and do for others, given the pressures young people have with schools and friendships. Awards were presented to: 
  • Emily Holmes
    ‘Actively supports Winsford Salvation Army and a talented musician…Emily is naturally happy, sensitive and caring and does everything with a smile.’
  • Peter Webb
    ‘An asset to Choices SEND Youth Project, volunteering hours to support young people through music skills. An exceptional young volunteer. ’
  • Isabel Roberts
    ‘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.’
Adult Volunteer of the Year
Recognising someone who volunteers in the community. The work is unpaid and benefits children and young people. Awards were presented to:
  • Carol Stott
    ‘Carol’s commitment, passion and enthusiasm has meant an ever presence in the lives of generations of Neston residents.’
  • Kate Mooney
    ‘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.’
  • Steve Elliott
    ‘Attends overnight stays, various evening and weekend activities and fortnightly respite sessions. A dedicated human being, compassionate, empathetic and kind.’
Early Intervention  
Our Early Help and Prevention Services within the Council work to help local children, families and young people with complex needs and adults affected by domestic abuse. Working together with our partners we try to intervene as early as possible to help families make positive change. This award recognises a project that works with the same ethos to step in early to support a family or a community with specialist targeted support. Someone who has brought together services and contributed to early interventions. The award was presented to:
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council Youth Service
    ‘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.’
Partnership of the Year
Recognising a partnership approach to working with young people. It is about an organisation that has worked together to achieve better outcomes. One of the priorities in the Council Plan centres around giving local children and families the best start in life and we know the best way we can do this is by working closely with our partners to make change. Our award winners are a great example of how working in partnership has reached a wider audience to deliver great results for young people. The award was presented to: 
  • Neston Primary School Rotakids Group
    ‘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.’
Young Person Equality and Diversity Champion
This award is for someone who has overcome a barrier and promotes diversity. It is about someone who challenges inequality in some way and promotes rights and is someone to watch in terms of empowering others. Awards were presented to:
  • Eve Dixon and Lucy McHugh​​​​​​​
    ‘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.’​​​​​​​
  • Kye Wikeley​​​​​​​
    ‘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.’
Inspirational Youth Worker
For young people to recognise a youth worker who has gone above and beyond to support them. We were looking for someone who has left a young person feeling inspired and has helped them grow and develop. This is the role of a youth worker ordinarily but this award is about someone who has gone the extra mile.
Awards were presented to:
  • Sophie Hill
    ‘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.’
  • Simon Skidmore​​​​​​​
    ‘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.’​​​​​​​
  • Kacey Baker
    ‘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.’
Young Person Inspire Award
Recognising a young person who has achieved more than their years, can be proud of their achievements and is an inspiration to others. Awards were presented to:
  • Jon Butler
    ‘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.’      
  • Nathan Harris
    ‘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.’      

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