Published: Friday, 16th March 2018

Medway Youth Council in partnership with Medway Council and other organisations are encouraging members of the public to nominate young people and adults for the 2018 Medway Youth Awards.

The awards, which are being held for the first time this year, aim to help recognise and celebrate the remarkable people who are living, working or attending school in Medway and are helping the community thrive.

Do you know an amazing young person who goes above and beyond to help? Someone who has overcome difficulties, or who has shown courage and resilience? Young people who attend a school or youth club, live or work in Medway aged between 11 and 18, or up to the age of 24 for a young person with additional needs, can be nominated.

We also want to celebrate and recognise adults in the community whose commitment helps inspire young people. We are looking for exceptional coaches, mentors, innovative youth workers or teachers who go above and beyond to support their pupils.

The Medway Youth Awards will take place on Tuesday, 10 July, at Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham. The awards will showcase young people’s achievements and their contribution to the community. Categories include sports, creativity, courage, community participation and volunteering.

Medway Youth Council are delighted to announce Gillingham Football Club, Kent Fire and Rescue Service,  Kent Police, McDonald’s, NHS, Questor Insurance and the Rotary Club of Medway are supporting the event. The youth council are currently looking for corporate partners for the sponsorship of the awards, winner/nominee prizes and donations for a silent auction.

Positive contributions

George Perfect, Chair of Medway Youth Council, said: “We believe the celebration is vital for promoting the positive contribution children, young people and those that work with young people make to our community. We look forward to receiving a vast array of nominations from across the Medway towns, I look forward to celebrating with you at the Medway Youth Awards in July.”

'This is a great opportunity'

Cllr Andrew Mackness, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “This is great opportunity to celebrate our young people who make a real difference in our community. By promoting their achievements and responsibilities we hope to encourage young people to make positive choices which will help them avoid association with crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Nominations close on Monday, 30 April.

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