National Body for Youth Work in England
South Shore academy young people are leaders in developing why inclusion matters. Their commitment to equality demonstrates outstanding support and role models for all young people.
Oldham Youth Service is a relatively inexperienced team with the majority of the team joining either just before the first lockdown or during the pandemic. Even so as the first lockdown hit the team mobilised to put all our sessions online. The youth workers have done all they could to support young people with online sessions, 1 to 1 work and dropping off resources to support health (emotional and physical) to help them engage with the sessions. All this while supporting the council and supporting food banks and visiting residents to inform about the current restriction status. Since May they have put their own health at risk trying to get young people back face to face to try and minimise the ‘COVID effect’ on their mental health.
Jess is an exceptional example of a youth worker. Her most important focus is young people, regardless of age, gender, race, disability or ability. I took part in a programme called NCS where Jess literally transformed my life. At the time I was going through some pretty serious stuff and identity changes, Jess gave me the confidence to be the person I desperately wanted to be. Jess changed my outlook on life, and rather than wanting to end it, I wanted to live it. I saw Jess with all other young people and how easily she changed her approach depending on the young person. She is a true inspiration and nobody is more deserving of this than her. Thank you Jess for being my role model and setting an example of the human being I wish to become
Alison is a true youth worker putting the young people at the forefront of her mind. Her knowledge, experience and skills has shaped me into a dedicated youth worker and has helped me understand the kind of manager I want to be. She’s is wholly young person focussed and is so dedicated to our young people. She is a true inspiration, a true leader and a true youth worker.
Jamshed Miah, Tom Booth and Yvonne have worked tirelessly at the Matthew Moss Youth Centre to help young people, some with learning difficulties to achieve the DofE award, including our son who has Down’s Syndrome who recently completed his bronze award.
The patience and dedication of this team is admirable and commendable.
Our son has enjoyed the sessions and all the preparation and learning that has gone into helping him achieve his award.
I believe the Rochdale Youth Service is a vital part of the council services for the young people of the Borough.
Alison has worked in blgc for a number of years ,she literally does 10 jobs . She’s from London originally, she brings the city vibe with her .
Regardless of the circumstances ,or situation
Alison is always there to offer positive energy ,she unpicks the problem and always has solutions . Throughout covid she hasn’t had a day off,from delivery food parcels to 1-1 mentoring
To making sure NCS still goes forward with 00 staff…. she then recruited staff and YPs whilst running AP ,heading up crucial crew, post 16-19
Overseeing the senior youth .
Alison is amazing
Vibe are a passionate youth organisation working in Knowsley and Halton. Throughout lockdown they adapted and continued delivery of excellent programmes through a range of virtual offers, delivery of resource packs and face to face sessions for the most vulnerable. Since returning they have worked with thousands of young people supporting them with relationships, mental health, risk taking, raising youth voice and providing safe spaces. They deliver open access, outreach work, outdoor pursuits and activities and targeted support for young people with SEND, young carers, LGBT+ young people and those who are NEET. They also have an amazing team of young volunteers who are supporting their peers. Young people are at the heart of all they do.
Nick has been involved in Scouting most of his life, as a young person then a volunteer Leader in various roles, including Events Manager, Training Adviser & part of a Kenya expedition team. On top of that , Nick is an active member a Combined Cadet Force & to be honest I’m not sure how he fits it all in.
Professionally Nick has moved from a teaching assistant in the “cooler” room to become Deputy Manager at Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre. Nick works tirelessly to provide a positive, safe & fun experience in the outdoors for a wide range of young people. He has also pushed through many improvements and developments.
Despite recently being diagnosed with a serious illness, Nick continue to provide support to the Centre, a true legend
This amazing team are true Youth Work Champions they support young refugees and asylum seeking young people through theatre, dance and music and film programmes to build resilience and support them in their next steps. The team are so dedicated and truly inspirational.
They have continued to support programmes virtually throughout Covid and have achieved so much. By putting young people at the heart of all they do they give young people the opportunity to have their voice heard and to learn new skills that really support them to help achieve their goals.
Ebrahim, Leah, Leila, Mhairi, Patrick, Sasha, Rosie, Ali, Massi Omar, Ben, Sanam, Elenor, Tom you really are Youth Work Champions Thanks for all you do…
Steph a leader of a Guides and Rangers unit as part of the Girl Guiding Organisation. For the entire pandemic Steph has gone above and beyond what was expected of her. Her entire heart is in guiding, and she reguarly goes the extra mile in order to ensure that our girls have the very best. The units Steph runs ran the entire time throughout the pandemic, not missing a week. We volunteer in a deprived area, and so Steph’s commitment ensured our girls had some where to come connect with other girls, even when they could not leave their houses. Where others would say no, or used the pandemic as an excuse, Steph said yes. I could not be prouder to have her as a role model to the girls we come into contact with. Steph is an amazing role model.
At the beginning of the pandemic West Ham United Foundation Youth Worker Arran Johny was able to launch the Premier League Kicks Targeted ‘Jigsaw’ mentoring project, helping young people aged 10 to 14 who are at risk of involvement in crime. Arran uses a person centred approach to ensure young people’s emotional and social needs are met whilst using football as an engagement tool.
Toni originally attended our youth sessions but has been giving up her time to volunteer with Medway Youth Service for some time now. She volunteers on three youth sessions per week; a junior session, an additional needs session and a six hour drop-in session for young people aged 11 and above. Toni is a great support to young people in these sessions and through her training with us is able to identify and report safeguarding issues to staff. Toni is also part of our recruitment squad who interview staff who apply for youth worker roles and regularly takes part in consultation events. During lockdown she helped to shape what our online provision for young people looked like. Toni is a great support to the staff team.
It’s the best group ever I love it. As I get to do what normal people do with support and with my own age which I wouldn’t get to do without the support of Cheesey Waffles’s. I also want to thank Erika Deholm for putting the effort in tiredesly every day for all the project members.
10 members of The Cheesy Waffles Project decided to become Ambassadors last year as part of our Covid-19 Recovery plans.
They wanted to help make decisions for the Charity, raise disability awareness in their local community, fundraise, help others, plan activities and events and encourage community cohesion.
They have planned several events that include Prader Willi Syndrome Awareness, World Down Syndrome Day, Autism Awareness Day, Autumn Fayre, Charity Football Tournament as well as help promote the project and carry out tasks that support staff and volunteers.
Evan, Lee M, Lee N, Rob, Chelsea, Jenny, Lauren, Ella D, Sally and Ella T are all true Community Champions 🏆
Anthony is is a Youth Mentor with the OneYMCA group. He has gone above and beyond for both my children. But mainly, my eldest son who has complex special needs socially, behaviourally and educational.
Anthony has become a positive male role model for my son. He has come to our home when my son has been in mental health crisis. When Jack has needed a place to go for help and advice, he seeks out Anthony.
Anthony has always been at the end of the phone whenever I have needed his support. He has also worked with the local police to help stop antisocial behaviour in and around the area.
Anthony goes out of his way for all the children in the group. Organises activities such as football, gym, wellbeing.
He and his team are amazing.
Medway Youth Service works hard to offer a range of support, activities and opportunities for young people. The extremely hard working staff team have continued to show their creativity and care for the young people they work with, whether in our youth centres, on detached or when delivering targeted support. I know from talking to young people just how important this work is and what it means for them and their community, hearing many stories over the years of how transformational youth work can be.
This dedicated team work incredibly hard to really Champion Youth work within the organisation and support young people to be Safe, Heard and Developed. We have an amazing Head of Youth Mairi Allan who continues to support the growth and development of the work we do and leads a team of amazing individuals who always have young peoples best interests at the core of what they do. Its such a honour to be a part of this team and part of an amazing organisation so thanks Louise, Andy, Nazmin, Dave ,Mike, Mary, Gary, Sohagini, Georgia, Jasmin, Patricia, Yassine, Liusaidh, Jen for continuing to be Youth Work Champions. And thanks to all the amazing young people that continue to inspire us everyday…
This amazing programme has been going since 2018 and has included some OUTSTANDING Youth workers who have empowered Young women to really make a difference for themselves and others through some amazing social action projects.
They have really supported young woman to have a voice and worked with some fantastic youth workers in partner organisations . Hundreds of young women have been involved and without the dedication and wonderful team who have continuously Championed Youth work this programme would not have been as inspirational as it has become. So thanks team for all you have done
And thanks for the generous funding from #iWill and Sprit of 2012 and the hard work and support from UKYouth, Young Women’s Trust and all partners.
Les is a youth project co-ordinator at Child Dynamix, he has been involved in many different projects over the last 5 years including; creating a forest school at North cott primary school, enhancing urban woodlands. Les has completed 3 green influencer projects which included 3 schools and a youth centre. He has been involved in establishing an Erasmus project which includes Norway, Germany & Spain. Has worked close with Hull University on a plastic citizen project. Les has delivered ASDAN accreditations to multiple young people across the city. Youth work enables Les to provide young people with new opportunities they would not normally have. Youth work is about supporting and empowering young people to change and challenge.
Funded by the Northumbria VRU, YOLO aims to mentor 8-14 year olds who have been in possession of carrying a knife/weapon, or evidence they may be involved in serious violence in the future. Mentors build effective rapports and deliver specific 1-1 interventions. FoL have made meaningful differences to young people’s lives & offers opportunities that the young people would likely never get the chance to take part in; surfing, kayaking, cookery, scouts, bike rides, youth club sessions & football camps. Since April 2019 there has been 96 referrals of which there has been 53 positive exit destinations with no repeat offending to date. Ultimately, YOLO enables positive influences, which assists in reducing ASB within Sunderland & South Tyneside.
Robb is one of the most amazing youth workers in our Medway Youth Service team and he deserves recognition for his hard work, dedication and passion. Robb always has the most innovative and exciting ideas and is a great advocate for young people. Robb took the lead on our online youth work during the pandemic and supported both young people and other staff members to take part. Robb is continuing to develop this online approach to youth work moving forward.
This year AAK nominates this dream duo of young people as our Youth Champions… for an endless amount of reasons. To name a few, they have been absolutely integral to the launch, success and delivery of our podcast “One Mic Real Talk”, and they are two of the most driven, charismatic and professional young men we have worked with. We are so grateful for how they have facilitated the process of engaging their audience and engaging our other young people onto the podcast, showing real commitment and excellent leadership skills. Thank you both for all that you have done, and for being great examples of young leaders – we truly appreciate you!
Darryl has become an amazing youth worker and is an asset to the Medway Youth Service team. She came from being a young person attending our youth sessions, to a volunteer and then a part time youth support worker. Darryl is now a full-time Assistant Youth Development Worker and is very passionate about what she does. Darryl has a very supportive nature and especially enjoys working with young people on a one-to-one basis around a variety of issues to support them. Darryl is a real advocate for young people and Medway Youth Service in general as she has been on both sides and understands the real importance of youth work.
Ashanti first came through our doors over 3 years ago, entering our youth clubs as a shy young person not knowing anyone else there. Over the past three years she has grown into a confident, enthusiastic champion of our work. Welcoming new faces, leading activities and demanding more from our staff, Ashanti’s growth and development has helped make our youth work project grow from strength to strength. Over the past 12 months she has gone from from a volunteer with our junior clubs, to becoming a paid-member of staff, leading sessions and undertaking additional training. Ashanti’s energy, enthusiasm and endless optimism in the face of challenges is why we think she is a champion of Youth Work!
Nozir is the type of youth worker everyone loves – the kids, colleagues, partner agencies and funders. He is highly personable, hard working and he is able to bring out the best in everyone around him. He works in our Moss Side and Ardwick centres – two very deprived areas in Manchester. He has been able to increase our attendance 4 fold in 2 years, introduce new and exciting activities, he currently developing our eco-social action projects across the city providing large scale renovation and gardening projects in partnership with local businesses. Nozir is passionate to celebrate the rich diversity and heritage of our inner city areas in the city, raising the profile of our wide range of cultural backgrounds. He is a star youth worker.
Marina is a dedicated, hard working and highly conscientious youth worker. She has a special expertise and skill set in reach, connecting and supporting disengaged young people, particularly young women who have been subject to bullying and abuse and other forms of exploitative relationships. She is an enabler, coach, mentor and is able to carry out her professional role in a style which young people and colleagues describe as friendly, warm and trustworthy. Marina is a remarkable youth worker who, as the adverts say, goes where other fear to tred. She has achieved great success at Manchester Young Lives, supporting some of the city’s more disengaged and vulnerable young people to reconnect with education, training and families.
Eleanor is a fantastic member of our project. She is willing to give everything a go and always has a smile on her face. She encourages others, she’s kind, caring and makes those around her laugh with her wonderful sense of humour.
This year AAK is nominating one of our longest serving staff members, “In Our Hands” Programme Manager Christala Hadjioannou as our youth work champion.
Christala’s passion, commitment and generosity constantly inspires us all, and her ability to maintain a great sense of humour and bring us joy even on the most challenging of days is truly unique. She works tirelessly, always putting young people first, and they all comment that she is someone they feel they can always go to, who always has their best interests at heart, who will listen without judgment, and maintain the perfect balance between honesty and kindness. Thank you Christala for being a wonderful manager and youth work champion – you really are a gift to our organisation!
Lucy has been with The Cheesy Waffles Project for over 8 years and in that time has supported 100’s of young people with additional needs, helping to reach their potential through transition and support work.
She is totally committed to Youth Work and the importance of giving opportunities and life chances to young people.
Bryce is a fantastic member of our staff team, he is committed to ensuring that children and young people with additional needs have a wide range of opportunities to engage in to raise their aspirations and self worth.
He has a passion for raising disability awareness in the local community bringing together people of all abilities and backgrounds through a range of fun and exciting activities and events.
He has supported so many young people through projects, clubs and activities and one to one support.
Robyn has led on ensuring positive mental health for our Charities project members through a programme of activities that support individual needs and group work.
See is dedicated, engaging, fun, happy, kind and caring and we are proud to have her as one if our Youth Workers.
Her commitment has supported so many of our members and has increased their wellbeing and aspirations.
Staff & volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure that project members have had a full programme of activities that make them enjoy, engage & achieve through om home visits, telephone chats, Zoom sessions, home activity packs, performing arts, outdoor education Expeditions, health & Wellbeing, fitness classes, trips out and accreditation. Along with sessions for our project members the team have ensured community engagement has continued with a random acts of kindness project, community action days, family events, food drives and Intergeneration work. It would be fantastic to see the Project get recognition for all they do to ensure children & young people with disabilities & additional needs have the same opportunities as everyone else
I am nominating Charlee because she has been the backbone to the functioning of youth work in Yorkshire and Humber for the last few years. Charlee most recently has helped a team of peer researcher launch a report on a new perspective of the youth service in Yorkshire and Humber, during this launch she took on the roles of editor, administrator and overall youth worker to the masses. I am a young person and i have never come across a youth worker like Charlee she has the belief that every young person can grow, the belief that no matter where a young person has come from it doesn’t define who they are and what their limits are and Charlee puts these beliefs into actions she is 1 in a million a model youth worker and excellent person.
Ubunifu youth project has chosen to work with excluded out of school youth from the marginalized Turkana community in the northwest part of Kenya bordering Uganda, south Sudan and Ethiopia.
This are youths who have always missed out on being included in development programs both by state and non state actors.
Coming from the arid to semi arid climate, this combines with other socio – economic and political factors to render this youth vulnerable to inter community and cross border animal raids, sexual exploitation of girls, drugs and environmental degradation via deforestation.
Ubunifu youth project seeks to reverse this through enterprising and nurturing of skill and talents, capital asset support and lobbying and advocacy for inclusion.
This team offer open access support to young people in north Wiltshire. They go above and beyond and tailor the service to the community they deliver work within!! Well done to all! #therisetrustyouthteam
Penny manages the East Side of Youth & Justice for The Children and Family Wellbeing Service at Leicestershire County Council. She is the direct line manager of a group of 5 Senior Youth Workers that work across Leicestershire. Penny places young people at the heart of what she does and she always champions youth work values. She also fully supports her staff in a way which shows us that she values our contribution and gives us the freedom to develop and deliver work that champions the needs of young people. Penny is a real youth work Champion!
Nicola is a committed youth worker she goes above and beyond to support all young people she comes across. She is a true inspiration, she helped and supported me with getting a diploma in youth work too. She inspired me so much I wanted to make a difference for young people too. She is so kind and and truly defines exactly what the role of a youth worker is. I always knew where to find Nicola when she was on detached sessions and she really helped me in so many ways some areas she helped me with was my confidence, relationships with family and friends, and she believed in me and helped me to discover some of the assets I had, Nicola truly deserves recognition. She has supported me through dark times and championed me through my victories,
In September 2015 Lancashire Youth Challenge became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, founded by Guy Christiansen, Yak Patel and Nik Marsdin. These guys built up the organisation whilst doing other full time roles and has been so successful due to their passion and commitment to youth work. It is now a fully fledged project operating full time.
Lancashire Youth Challenge nurtures, supports, and challenges young people living in North Lancashire to overcome barriers and obstacles to achieve personal success. At the heart of our ethos is the belief that everybody can achieve personal success and gain new skills when given an equitable opportunity, meaningful encouragement, and access to high-quality provision.
The Mix provides invaluable support and encouragement to our local young persons through a wide range of activities and approaches. Their work and their team are amazing.
Tramshed runs youth arts projects for young people at risk of being excluded; including those with SEND and experiencing poor mental health.
Their programme ran online throughout lockdown and was described as “an absolute lifeline” by families in Greenwich and Lewisham.
Dette is a fantastic youth worker and had been working for the service 20 years. Dette is the voice for young people and she will go above and beyond to the get the best outcome for all the young people she works with. Dette is a youth work champion.
Fran has given up her spare time to give a safe place for young people to go and have fun, Fran takes the new young people under her wing until they feel more confident
Fran is great with the young people and it’s been a tough time through Covid for all young people
Here at KAOS, our sole objective is to ensure that any child that chooses to join us, is made extremely welcome and from there on, we try to expand that child’s experiences and overall enjoyment by introducing them to people and situations where they can learn and broaden their life experiences. By way of example, just a few years back a group of teenage boys, all known for being a little unruly, were placed on a Fishing Training Course through our local contacts. This was a chargeable course, but we were able to secure a grant to facilitate this adventure. Within weeks these boys had become totally absorbed by their fishing exploits and subsequently went on to complete a Tutors course which then enabled them to teach other young people
Sandwell like many local authorities has faced many challenges over the years but the commitment to provide a youth service for young people, albeit significantly reduced, has been unwavering.
I feel privileged to be able to co-lead an amazing Youth Service team. Our youth workers are truly youth champions who provide young people with amazing opportunities every day to support, to challenge, to stretch and to enable young people to become the best they can be and to reach their full potential.
Throughout the pandemic our youth workers continued to support young people through detached youth work, supporting individuals and families, providing online and virtual sessions, food packs, welfare visits and lap tops to young people.
Debbie is an amazing person, she does so much for the community. She is the Pilar of Brockworth and I wouldn’t want anyone else apart from our deb representing Brockworth.
Simon is an exceptional youth worker with a work ethic like no other. Every day he models excellence to those around him and goes above and beyond for the young people and his colleagues. His dedication goes beyond expectations and the impact that he has on the young people that he works with is apparent as they thrive under his guidance and leadership. A talented artist, a kind and caring person all equates to a one of a kind youth worker that should be celebrated.
Ben work non stop for young people and his energy and drive to to make sure young people have a voice and opportunities!
I haven’t seen Ben without a smile ever! He has set up multiple projects what have inspired and grown not only young people and children and he would never say this because he is very humble but he is a fantastic and superb youth worker!
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Keep going Ben
I am nominating Warrington Youth club because it has been a constant to support and safe place for young people for over 91 years and is always looking for ways to best serve its community going forward.
The staff do a fantastic job with young people and children and over lockdown just stepped up and provided high quality services for young people and children.
Thank you for what you do!
El has been a colleague for over 10 years and has always been a total inspiration to all of us as well as every young person who is lucky enough to work with her. El is the most passionate and articulate advocate for Youth Work I’ve ever come across and am proud to work with her and see her effervescence shining out at all times. Here’s to many more years of partnership working on this journey of believing in young people and their voices being heard. Proud to know you El xx
Alyssa will take in any task or challenge she is given. She is 15 years old and volunteers on a Tuesday and Sunday junior nights at Oxhill youth club. She helps to plan activities and run the activities. Alyssa is actively involved in attending events herself and will out herself forward for any challenge even if it’s out of her confront zone she will give it a go. She has an amazing sense of humour.
Alyssa is a good role model for the young people and has a big and bright further ahead of her. Keep it up Alyssa you are huge part of our youth club.
Nick came to Goodwin for support to move into the world of work. I had the absolute joy of supporting Nick.
Nick is ace and wants to share his story and be an ambassador for other individuals who are neurodiverse.
Nick really is an inspiration and I am so incredibly proud of his progress. Please check out #NicksStory 🧡 highlighted below
Lee has shown great grit and resilience in his role working his way from youth worker to youth lead. He has shown a determined and consistent approach to improving the Turf Youth Club (Goodwin) at a time when membership was wavering post covid. Lee has worked well to engage the children and young people in the community with a good return offer of post covid activities. Lee is a naturally caring and considerate individual who strives every day to enhance the service delivery of a much needed service. Lee is also a tad dramatic which we at Goodwin love! Check out the production company – link below 🙂 Sure to make you smile!
I have known Georgina since she first joined our service as an assistant youth worker, I remember her worries when she first led a junior youth group, and her excitement at working in a girls group,
I’ve watched her grow into a confident and creative youth worker,
Georgina puts the voice of the young person at the top of her priorities, Georgina is passionate about her work and her own professional development so that her work is always relevant and up to date, it’s been an honour being part of her progression.
I look forward to continue watching her grow and continue her passion for good youth work,
Georgina is a Youth Work Champion
Absolutely amazing with a the support for the young people in our area. All the groups that they have running
Josh is a young person who has worked tirelessly as a young volunteer over the lockdown Period. He has at times volunteered 5 days a week and also given up his Saturdays to help facilitate our youth groups. Josh’s confidence has grown massively over the last 12 months and he has been such a wonderful influence on the younger children who attend our sessions. Josh’s life has been at times tough – but he has started to develop a real sense of resilience and of who is is and wants he wants from life.
I am nominating him because I think he is eligible to get this award because he works for Education and Charity. He is the Founder & CEO of Wisdom Academy (https://wisdomacademyofficial.com)and the Co-founder & Managing Director of OURS at Service.He always tries his best ti inspire youth like him to work for others. From that vision he started working for education from his organisation named Wisdom Academy by launching events and seminars as well.So keeping the concept of good education & helping others in mind he started Wisdom Academy & OURS at Service in the middle of pandemic.After that he along with his friends started OURS which is the Charitable Organisation.He is such a leader who can work for education & charity in similar time.
Joanna is the hospital youth worker for Watford she has worked with many young people across West herts over the last year. She is a dedicated to supporting her young people and goes above and beyond for every person on her project. She started during a time covid was very prevalent and has still managed to engage with numerous young people and support them in their journey.
I would like to nominate the amazing hospital youth work team who work with young people 11-21 across Hertfordshire. The team work within lister and Watford hospital and the wider community. The team are dedicated to their young people and helping them gain access to services across Hertfordshire. They have made a difference to 100s of young people across the county
Leigh is only 17 and is care experienced. she cam to Trafford from Scotland in march this year. since this time she has joined and contributed to our aftercare forum, moved into independence, started with as a junior youth worker within one of our special needs projects and delivered talks at conferences for Trafford LA and virtual team. He growth as an individual and as a new youth worker is amazing. she is reflective and eager to help others. Even in her personal life she has supported friends who have been homeless or suffering DV, Advising them of how to get support. She is amazing and will be a fantastic youth worker in the future.
Kynton has taken this youth project from strength to strength. He began 3 years ago and his determination and focus to provide a safe space for young people in Acocks Green has not altered. From starting the session with just 3 children attending, to now over 80 individual attendees week on week. He not only inspires the young people he works with, but those around him. His passion and commitment ensures that young people’s voices are heard. Kynton has worked tirelessly to ensure that opportunities are available to the children that attend, regardless of income. From youth cooking classes to anime and manga groups. Sports, wellbeing and diversity are at the core, and all with a focus on how they as young people can impact their community!
When the founder started working for Rohingya refugees took shelter in Bangladesh, he found a huge scope to raise awareness and also found that there’s almost no single platform that dedicatedly provides a platform to young people to have their voice and advocate for the displaced people. Hence, he thought of engaging young people for the cause considering the power of youth through creating an online platform ‘Act for Displaced’.
So far, 150+ migration researchers, refugees, students, humanitarian practitioners and scholars from 50+ countries joined the team and produced over 300+ in-depth analysis and research articles that have been read over 240,000+ times by 110,000+ people from 70+ countries around the world.
Lucy has been been in a big help in my delvop into the person I am today , I had the opportunity to do a virtual course in the lockdown with the princes trust / Thurrock council . This gave my the confidence to apply for a job at tMc donalds. Once restrictions were lifted I when did the 12 week team programme with Lucy , Lisa and Tom . I was supported by all the leaders to gain new skis like leadership, communication and self esteem. Lucy was a big help , helping me get into a work placement at an outdoor centre . I have just been promoted to a manager which if it wasn’t for Lucy help I wouldn’t been able to have the confidence to do so .
Leicestershire County Council like many local authorities have faced many challenges over the last few years. I have always felt privileged to be employed by Leicestershire as a Youth Worker / Youth Work manager. Despite significant cuts to funding and a number of restructures Leicestershire has always held onto the value’s that Youth Workers bring to the service offer for its Young People. Youth worker posts in Leicestershire sit across a number of service areas with the largest being within the Youth & Justice service where Youth workers are employed in a number of roles & within the management structure . The service works hard to ensure that YP voice is core in influencing & developing a model of work that drives co-production.
Over the last few years i have been privileged to watch as Tanya’s carer within youth work has progressed . Tanya is a passionate & enthusiastic Youth Worker who puts the voice of the Child at the forefront of her work . Tanya is always willing to take on a new challenge’s and works hard to ensure Young peoples voice is never forgotten. Tanya has experience of working with both the voluntary & statutory youth sector and this wealth of knowledge & experience brings a wide & creative approach to the Young People she works with . A Youth Work Champion to her core .
Joan Bailey is a lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, teaching youth and community. She is a gatekeeper of youth work and has worked with many students wanting to become youth workers. Her knowledge and experience outweighs anyone known to us and she continues to support her graduates in their youth work journeys. Her achievements are acknowledged by not only her students and colleagues but the wider community, she is a true champion of youth work and it has been an honour to have been taught by her.
Soroya has been a Youth Work Champion for soo many Young People over the 25 Plus years she has been working within Leicestershire. Soorya has stayed true to her youth work values and core principles over this time period despite seeing many changes to her job title & job role. Soroya’s passion to support / enable YP to make a difference and follow their aspirations is clear in all the work she undertakes. Soroya has continued to embrace new ways of working & is a great support to new youth workers on their carer journey forever developing the next generation of Youth Work Champions.
What we like about our youth service is that
It helps people get out there, it gives people time to interact so there not staring at electronics all day long. It helps young people become confident and gets them out the house, it’s a exciting and entertaining place for young children. They have fun and creative projects that gets us all to socialise with each other, it’s a safe place that supports us during our hard times and gets us out of our comfort zones.
So that’s why our youth service means to alot to us!
Wiltshire Creative is an arts organisation responsible for Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival with an excellent reputation for its community work.
Wiltshire Creative is a champion of young people and puts them at the heart of their work through their celebrated Young Ambassadors and Youth Arts programmes.
Acknowledging the impact the pandemic had on young people Wiltshire Creative set out to create a project designed to amplify young voices through the arts. SHIFT was planned and delivered by 2 young associate artists in the first half of 2021, supported by the Take Part team and wider staff.
Wiltshire Creative also ensured it was young people who were first on their stages on reopening.
Raheed is the founder of Youth Network in Luton a youth and community organisation. Raheed is also a director for the Youth Race Equality network and an active council member on the Institute of Youth Work. Raheed has been a youth work champion for the past 20 years supporting young people in all forms of youth work and supporting faith communities to be involved in youth work and youth affairs. A campaigner for equitable voice for all youth workers especially those from the BAME community who are still underrepresented in senior leadership role in the youth work sector across the UK but especially those in decision and policy roles. He is a passionate advocate and educator for many professionals he supports and mentors.
Debbie was a youth worker when I was younger and she still is now at the same youth group my teenage daughter goes to. She made the youth club what is was, it was fun and we loved going there it kept us off the streets of Brockworth causing trouble. We had days out to theme parks, loads of activities and even a night solely dedicated to us girls at the youth club it was amazing. Debbie is a big part of my childhood memories and I’m so happy she’s still doing it for my daughter and her friends all these years later! She is a gem and a Village legend.
Debbie has worked for Brockworth youth club for years and years. She goes above and beyond for the community and is the loveliest lady, always getting stuck in, doing charitable work and looking after Brockworth. Also the best youth worker around!!!
Ben has amazed staff by engaging well in the service and has been resolute in not letting everything he has had to face stop him. His resilience and outlook on life has been a revelation and our practitioners are overwhelmed with how well he has taken the help on board and turned his life around. Youth Champions like Ben are the reason we do what we do with such passion, we are a pragmatic service specialising in helping young people across the West Midlands achieve all they wish to achieve.
I am nominating my youth worker paul because he is an amazing youth worker and he helps me through a lot and he is always there to talk to me whenever I need and he always gives me good advice when I come youth club
I am nominating this youth worker because she were there for me at a time where I were broken and I couldn’t thank her enough.
Oxygen’s tagline is ‘believing in young people’. All of Oxygen’s work seeks to empower young people to develop to their full mental, physical, emotional and spiritual capacities and enable them to realise their potential.
Oxygen undertakes a range of youth work initiatives in Kingston upon Thames and surrounding areas. We engage young people of all faiths in our projects which include open youth work sessions such as after school clubs and youth clubs as well as more targeted interventions around specific issues including Knife Crime, Employment and Education, Leadership Skills and Mentoring.
Eleanor is an Assistant Youth Worker in our Youth Work team at Sheffield Futures. She is a youth work champion because of her enthusiasm and commitment to improving the lives of young people and to ensuring that all young people have a chance to reach their goals and to be who they want to be! Eleanor has done detached work during covid along with offering support to other groups such as Young Advisors and is working towards Youth Work level 2. As a young person Eleanor was previously a client of Sheffield Futures, and we are so proud of how far she has come on her journey to youth work!
Shaffaq is one of our longest standing Youth Workers at Sheffield Futures. He is a Youth Work Champion because of his commitment to getting services up and running after covid and delivering detached youth work in all weathers during this time! He has started working in new communities recently done great work making links with communities to engage new young people. Shaffaq is committed to young people having a bigger voice in their communities and has many plans for young people-led projects post-lockdown. Thank you Shaffaq for your commitment to Sheffield Futures and to the young people of Sheffield!
Serena is one of our newer Youth Workers at Sheffield Futures but has quickly shown us how much of a youth work champion she is. During lockdown Serena supported her local youth club as a volunteer and began level 3 training to become a youth worker. With Sheffield Futures, she has also undertaken detached work in all weathers and supported with the reopening of our youth centres. Serena has so much enthusiasm for youth work and is passionate about young people having a safe space to feel accepted and in supporting young people to achieve everything they are capable of!
#YouthVoice Pioneers are a group of 18 young people aged between 12 and 19 with different lived experiences in different parts of the UK. Their aim: to help professionals listen to, value and work with young people to improve services, together! They spread the #YouthVoice message via Covid Nine-TEEN podcasts, #YouthVoice Training Programmes, #YouthVoice celebrations and by contributing to national and international projects. The #YouthVoice Pioneers have championed Participation People’s approach of being playful in practice and serious about solutions – bringing the smiles and the sunshine to online group sessions while providing intelligent insight and inspiration to organisations and businesses seeking solutions to youth engagement.
NUH Youth Service have been Championing Health Based Youth Work for over 20 years. Not only do the team support hundreds of young people each year, living with long-term health conditions, but also work with and support other hospitals to develop and recruit Youth Workers and services.
The team are enthusiastic, passionate and go above and beyond in providing vital support for young people and health professionals in Nottingham and further afield. #DreamTeam #InspireEnableAchieve
Val has been a youth worker for over 20 years in the Isle of Man, she started as a volunteer and now she is an area manager, she never stops helping children, their families and the community, and is now youth worker to the 3rd generation of the children on the Isle of Man.
In the lock downs alongside with other youth worker she arranged to delivered the local news papers to the elderly, helped the food bank get food to the families that needed support on the Iom. The Isle of Man youth services would be lost with out her, some heroes don’t wear capes, val is our hero 🇮🇲🇮🇲🦹🏻
I am nominating Our Young carers group because during the lockdown they participated in the Fosse Foxes project.
They designed a fox to represent Young carers and to give hope to the our community.
The Young carers fox was called Hope and is displayed at the Fosse Park shopping centre in Leicester.
A safe haven for children and young people, Coram’s Fields is a unique 7 acre park and playground with indoor and outdoor facilities for children and young people. It’s served families in Central London for over 80 years and continues to run a Youth Centre for local teenagers. It’s impact on the local community in immeasurable.
Gert deserves HUGE recognition for her work over this past year.
At the beginning of the year, she led the setting up of the Vaccination centre at The Mix, a huge achievement in itself.
Since the end of lockdown, Gert has taken on a new role with us as a youth worker, overseeing our after school ‘Drop In’ (the name we give to our youth club), following several years of volunteering. She also led a hugely successful summer HAF programme, for free school meal children.
Gert is doing an unbelievable job of bringing the energy, fun and community back to our youth centre and back into the lives of young people. She is everything you would want in a youth worker… patient, determined, kind, authentic and vibrant.
Gert is my champion!
This person volunteers at the Keetmanshoop Youth Centre, Keetmanshoop – Namibia. He has initiated several programs at the Youth Centre. An after school program whereby him and other volunteers assist learners and students with homework and projects. He has started an Arts group who does different shows on social issues. He is also our Champion for Community Outreach and creating awareness within communities. He has also started a Boy Child program whereby he keeps young boys of the street by keeping them busy. To him there is no age limit when it comes to youth and community development. A true passion person.
Charlie is a young carer and has been attending the Young Carers Voice Group with the Children & Family Wellbeing Service – Youth & Justice. Charlie consistently attends the group and shares his voice about the challenges he faces as a young carer. Charlies is passionate about sharing his voice and enabling the voice of other young carers to be heard. Their voice influences the development of services and supports organisations to better meet young carers needs. Charlie contributed to the development of a pack to support GP practices to gain a better understanding of young carers, he and another young person made a video about what life is like for them. We thank Charlie for speaking up and sharing his voice.
Shaheena is a great role model and advocate for youth work. Shaheena is the first BAME female to be in a National senior leadership youth sector position with the Institute in Youth Work (IYW) and in the country. She is currently supporting and championing better voice for youth workers and working with the IYW to create a new 5 year strategy and getting the youth work registration for youth workers back to implementation stage and creating new and better ways to hear the voices and work of youth workers across the country. A great passionate youth workers who is pushing to see more Female youth workers from the BAME community to take up youth work opportunities, training and youth work roles.
Helen started as an apprentice and is now a firm fixture at the young person’s centre the valley, worksop, Notts. I left youth work for some years and when I returned in 2017 I was presented with a manager who was only 20. Helen has taught me so much. I’ve never been as happy working in a team as when I work with Helen. Over the covid closure she painted the whole youth wing by herself. The young people returned to a bright and friendly environment which portrays many of the issues they face in the walls. She works more hours than I dare to say and I’ve never known her take time off. She’s committed and enthusiastic.
YREN have been carrying out great youth work listening to the unheard voices of BAME and faith based youth work professionals and creating a network to listen, share and empower other BAME/faith based youth organisations. YREN have championed to push national bodies to be more inclusive and diverse in its boards, staff teams and will continue to ensure better representation on national bodies and organisations who represent our voices around the decision making table in local, regional and national and governmental level such as DCMS. Seeing someone from your own community sometimes empowers you and others to do more and acts as a role modelling purpose to empower others.
This organisation have been mentoring young people from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds during Covid. The young people they mentored were involved in knife crime, county lines and gang crime. During Covid they hosted numerous training courses for permanently excluded from school young people and young ex offenders. (coding, business and journalism) Finally, they help young people with work experience and accredited training opportunities. They work in London and Manchester.
We are nominating Miss Shelpi Ahmed because she a very committed, pragmatic young person and learn all the tasks.
Our appraisal to nominate her for her good work this to encourage others young person to get involved into the community.
Their willingness and continued effort towards international justice is awe-inspiring. Mahnoor is the first one to volunteer for anything that needs to be done and gets the task done faster than anyone else. She is an integral part of our youth group, Changes Beyond Limits, and we would not get half the things done in time if not for her. Mahnoor’s passion and effort has always impressed us at every turn.
Amina is the inspiration and driving force behind Youth Elements. A youth worker who identified a need in the community and has dedicated the last ten years of their life to empowering young people to utilise their strengths to take steps for a positive future.
Annette Marie Goldband was a great youth worker, mentor and developer of Youth Work training and programmes across the UK. She championed youth work training across the UK and I and many youth workers and organisations learnt so much from her. Sadly she is not longer with us but I dedicate this week to Annette my mentor, friend and work colleague. We all miss you Annette but your legacy and work continues through so many of us you supported. RIP Annette
Louise is a passionate, inspiring and empowering youth worker – all young people Louise supports receive support, empathy and education. Louise is great to work alongside in case work, group work and project work, always hardworking and up for a challenge – she really is a champion of youth work!
The Salam Project helps young people with mentoring and tutoring who are going through issues. They also help young people who are permanently excluded and young ex offenders to get courses or training around their interest. Finally they host online homework clubs on Zoom every Monday and Saturday.
Ami is youth worker for SRP project – There are many reasons why I would nominate Ami – here is one.
Ami met with a young person last week as a follow up from a missing return – The young person talked to Ami about his home and school life.
Ami identified him as a young carer who was not getting support and also school is difficult for him.
Ami referred the YP to young carers group and is following up with support in school.
Ami listened to the Young person and responded but also Ami introduced him to the youth worker running the young carers group so he felt more comfortable attending the group.
Ami is a fantastic advocate for young people and always goes the extra mile and young people relate well to Ami.
I am proud to know Ami.
Ali Kamara was mentoring 10 different young people during COVID lockdown via Zoom /Skype and face to face. His mentoring helped to deter young people from knife crime, county lines, gangs and drug addiction. His mentoring built confidence, resilience and better self esteem for the young people he’s been mentoring in the community.
Ali has been mentoring young people from marginalised, disenfranchised and at risk situations for The Salam Project for over 7 years. He is the Ronaldo or Messi of mentoring young people. In his spare time he hosts a radio show on Revive FM in east London.
Stacey is our Youth Worker at Rainbows Hospice for Children and People (up to the age of 25). We are the only children and young peoples hospice in the East Midlands and cover 5 counties so Stacey has always had a big job, but approaches all challenges with enthusiasm and commitment.
Stacey supports young people with life limiting conditions by ensuring that their voices are always heard and their priorities become embedded into the culture of Rainbows. Stacey ‘thinks outside of the box’ and creates opportunities arising out of adversity. ( Zoom groups cooking live with Kwoklyn Wan; Support groups – breaking bad news; etc)
If it is important to our young people Stacey will make it happen, empowering them all the way.
This organisation does amazing work with young people at the heart of everything they do. They empower young people to step outside their comfort zones and dream big.
They are an innovative organisation who have navigated Covid times to reach even more young people.
Hermit CIC drop in youth workers are volunteers who are passionate about supporting young people. During lockdown they completed outreach in the local parks and high street checking in with young people. Once restrictions eased they organised youth sessions in the park for the young people to come together and access support. The volunteers have been keen to get the sessions back open to renegade young people and provide a safe environment every Friday evening for young people to access.
ReachOut2All is an amazing place for the young people of today!
It’s a great place that many young people should be part of. Get them an award and recognised for the work they do!!!
Fazlul Haque from the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO) who saw me not doing much in the Ghutt (Hole in Bangla) football pitch in Brick Lane. Fazlul spoke to me and my friends and showed us the PYO youth centre, encouraged us to participate and we got hooked. David Holloway Senior Youth Worker in PYO who empowered us. He allowed me to see beyond what my skills were and allowed us to create a Junior youth club for our peers 12-14years old after we stormed the PYO AGM demanding a youth club. Derek Cox OBE (Avenues Unlimited) Brick lane who supported and encouraged me during my early years as a volunteer to do my first training and allowed me take part in an induction course even though I was only 15 year even thou i have to be 16+. Thank U
I would like to nominate the young adult leaders at 44th Birmingham Guide Unit. The leaders are supportive of the unit, the girls and to me as unit leader. They give up their spare time to ensure that the girls have a fantastic time. Emma has started university as a paramedic and has helped deliver sessions on zoom to our girls and rush’s from uni on a Friday to make our face to face meeting. Ashlee has been to uni and her plans to move to America have been delayed but she is supportive to not just the guides but also the rainbows and brownies fitting it around her job to ensure everyone has the help and support that they need.Hannah is 18 just completed her Alevels and been helping out at brownies & guides we couldn’t meet without them
Kelcey has worked as a young volunteer for Blackburn Rovers Community Trust for over a year. She is an amazing young woman who has utilized games and activities (she herself participated in when attending the senior youth club and drama group) within the sessions she now volunteers at.
Kelcey is forever coming up with her own wonderful, innovative and fun ideas to support our informal education delivery. She makes example of things to make- like Zines, for example and talks to the young people about their thoughts and ideas. Kelcey is a positive role model on the sessions with the young people. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she is invaluable in our team and i am so proud to put her forward for this award.
Escape2Make (E2M), connect young people with their purpose, passions and like-minded people. Their mission is to be an off-line incubator for developing creativity, compassion, resilience and enterprising skills for 11-18s. They improve young people’s self-esteem, social skills, confidence, resilience, motivation, inclusion and life chances through involvement in creative and cultural activity.
Since they formed in 2019: 443 young people have taken part in 34 free creative workshops across two pilots; 100% of attendees enjoyed the experience, while 94% reported they would not have had this opportunity were it not for the E2M programme. 99% said they felt an improved sense of wellbeing after taking part in the activities.
This organisation has fed the town ,carried on mentoring YP’s ,opening an NHS safe zone
Organised a total refurbishment of the main building worth 2million.
Whilst that’s shut ,a town centre drop in building has been opened Where 450 YPs came throughout the summer , after doing outreach getting them in to the club, online support for the YPs still anxious on returning
opened an alternative provison for YPs that are still in mainstream education ,providing social emotional project activities .
Hacken Lane was running, pikes lane ,westhoughton ,town centre,Barlow park. Whilst having lots of staff leave and new recruits made, we opened a bereavement service
Gave out dinners to the YPs of bolton
The food bank trebled.
Jenny is so great at communicating with the young people. She has so much empathy and an amazing ability to built rapport and gain trust
Rochdale Youth Service champion youth work each day. With a team of awesome youthworkers, dedicated to putting young people first and supporting them to reach their potential. The diverse team live and breathe youthwork and it’s values ensuring that young people are at the heart of everything we do.
Young Bristol’s Youth Workers provide guidance, inspire, listen, support, and empower young people across Bristol. From our Youth Workers at our 8 Community Youth Clubs, to our Youth Club on Wheels team in communities with no fixed youth provision; and leading our Creative, Sports and Informal Educational Programmes – our Youth Workers are always there for the young people who need us most #YWW21
I’m nominating Islamic Network as they establish youth hubs that engage young women and men to understand their identity, give them access to positive Role Models and help them develop the necessary character traits to deal with life’s adversities.
I am nominating Snderland Community Action group because it has offered many young people the chance to develop their social skills, meet new people, get active and get involved in a youth focuses organisation. Through volunteering opportunities to apprenticeships and even paid full time employment which has been a path way for young people in a city which has found employment opportunities difficult for young people.
They have also been covid champions and aided the city in its fight against social issues such as isolation, mental health and well-being.
The group recently took part in the North east youth network sponsored walk to raise money for youth groups across the city.
This organisation , Reachout2all, is constantly active and helping our community. They constantly post encouraging content as well as information about events workshops that young people need at all stages of their lives.
When it comes to reach out to all I know that they are a dependable force with the intention to better the use of our society.
They even have been doing a few workshops with other people around the world. I find this very encouraging.
Lastly they honestly have the interests of young people at heart and always excepting to feedback most importantly founded by great values.
We are a charity with specialist services across the Midlands, with over 40 years of experience providing evidence-based, high-quality services to help change addictive behaviours and change the lives of our children and young people who use substances and/or alcohol or who are affected by a parent/carer substance misuse holistically. We are currently the only young people’s service that is offering provision that supports young people with substance and alcohol misuse issues. We have recognised the gap in provision to young people and have extended this to young people who don’t use but are affected by members of their family who use substances and alcohol. We’re a pragmatic charity that fully meets the needs of our young people.
SfYP Hospital youth work has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to work with young people in need entering the ENHT and WHHT, they have worked with over 700 young people across Hertfordshire in difficult times and provided a safe and supportive environment. The team is always approachable and willing to help and advise any young person needing support with their social and emotional wellbeing. The service has been a credit to SfYP and Hertfordshire County Council
ReachOut2All CIC is trying its best to help the youth by giving them a voice, through the organization of workshops.
ReachOut2All CIC gives the chance for the first time even to newbies in their domains or area of predilection.
And this is very valuable for the youth.
This charity definitely deserves this nomination. All the staff are incredibly knowledgable around SEN.
As well as the full time staff there are six trainee youth workers, all with SEND.
These trainees are amazing and all completing their level three in youth work. They are so caring towards others and always strive to make every young persons time there amazing.
ReachOut2All was birth in 2013, hosting events for young people and running youth initiatives. Though, in 2018 ReachOut2All CIC registered Community Interest Company. Young People ages 13-35 years old.
Our services include :- Mentoring, Engaging Workshops, Educational Tour Visits, Personal Development, Networking Events,Youth Initiatives,Youth Events.
To date Reachout2all youth organization has supported over 5,000 young people directly and we have reached 2,500 through direct work and social media platforms.
CYCLe is a group of young people, that have accessed CFWS Youth and Justice. They volunteer their time to influence and improve outcomes for themselves and others. The group meet fortnightly to share their voice and participate in various projects including, working alongside Leicestershire Police, NHS, UAVA, Harmless, Violence Reduction Network as well as working to develop the work of the CFWS Youth and Justice Team.
Their role has included creating and completing surveys, taking part in campaigns, recruitment and marketing to name few.
Voice and participation is central to the values of the CFWS Youth and Justice Team as it underpins the shared understanding of the aspirations we have for children and young people.
Gemma has dedicated 15 years to developing young people from vulnerable backgrounds, Black Ethnic, LGTBQ, Around the criminal system, low income families and those at risk of becoming NEET. Gemma has relentlessly, upskilled, trained and brokered employment for thousands of young people.
Not satisfied just working on programmes and projects, Gemma set up her own Community Interest Company called Save our boys and girls CIC, where Gemma invested £5k of her own money to fund events for the young people of Camden, keeping them engaged.
Gemma has paid for CSCS cards, events, dance classes and numerous training.
Gemma has recently placed 18 young people into work within the music industry, in October.
Liberty is a youth club for young people and young adults that have learning difficulties or disabilities, run by a dedicated leader and dedicated staff. I am 27 years old, Downs, and have been a member at Liberty Jamboree for 6 years. During that time Liberty has helped me to develop my confidence, improve my social skills, make lots of friends and given me the chance to experience lots of fun activities without my parents tagging along. For the past 2 years, with the support of Liberty, I have been studying to become a trainee youth worker and I am now working towards the level 3 qualification.
Without Liberty Jamboree my life would be very different and I wouldn’t have the social interaction and fun opportunities that they provide.
Amanda is a youth worker for Charnwood and runs a very successful SEND group.
Mandy has run the SEND group weekly for several years, Mandy has and continues to support a group of 16 SEND group members to attend and enjoy each session, Mandy has completed projects with the SEND group supporting local charities around Loughborough, and each year the group collects items for for the homeless charity so no one is without a present on Christmas day. Mandy not only runs the group but takes time out to support the families from the SEND group going above and beyond her role, Mandy continued to support the group through lock down meeting weekly on the park and virtually to ensure the support never stopped.
The ACE recovery toolkit for young people has been developed as a model to educate parents and young people on the impact of ACE’s on them as individuals and that of their children. The ethos of the programme is to develop confidence, self-esteem, resilience and hope. The programmes adopt a trauma informed approach to facilitation and this approach and model of good practice was shared in the children and young people now magazine October 2020.
Although covid-19 did present the team with a range of challenges the support that the early help youth workers offered ensured that the young people remained in education and their educational attainment improved as a direct result of their engagement with the team.
During the pandemic, Sporting Communities listened to young people to understand how they could meet their diverse needs. As such, they ran a range of online provision; social media & Zoom chats, videos on a huge range of topics, 4 youth led podcasts, education support & daily challenges. We also did detached youth work to support young people who felt that it was safer outside than at home. Through this, the team encountered a number of young people who needed referrals. On one occasion the workers found a young lad face down in the snow. Having lost his friend to covid he was passed out, intoxicated. After calling an ambulance, we provided after care family support. His mum explained that “Without your intervention he would have died.”
Arshad (Mo) is a very dedicated and inspirational young person, he has complex epilepsy and has regular seizures however this hasn’t stopped him from doing exceptionally well in his education and he is now attending university to complete a youth worker degree.
He has taken part in youth forums over the last 10 years including Leicester City Young People’s Council, Youth Parliament and he is a very active peer advocate of the Big Mouth Forum which is a participation forum for young people with disabilities and special educational needs.
Arshad always goes over and above his normal responsibilities, he is working to educate. He has initiated his own campaign to improve services for people with hidden disabilities
The Project carried on its work during lock down when many other organisations closed even though our workers were restricted to working from home. We delivered hundreds of care packages to the young women weekly, delivered zoom sessions, routinely carried out phone calls and chats via FB messenger and text and remained connected via social media.
Since being allowed to re-open we have been rigorous in our Covid measures to enable small socially distanced groups and one to one work to restart and remained dedicated to the valuable work we do with young women across the Tyne & Wear area.
Tina is the education officer in the Children and Family Wellbeing Service.
She is dedicated and committed to ensuring that children and young people are able to access education whatever their needs or barriers. Offering sound advice and guidance to staff with their cases, in addition to working directly with young people herself. Tina’s tenacious approach, helps to get young people heard within the education system when they maybe feel unheard. Helping many vulnerable young people back into education. Tina is absolutely a Youth Work Champion
Young people from across the South of Essex working with Essex Youth Service completed the EmpowHER project. As part of this they participated in 2 social action projects and worked tirelessly to make sure these projects were a success for two local charities. They created Autism sensory bags for a local SEND charity called SNAP – these bags were handed out to children with Autism who attended the centre. They also worked with a homeless charity called Chess to raise awareness of the work they do, promoted local food banks for those in need and bought food, toiletries and sleeping bags for those who may be in need to be distributed by the local charity. The girls worked so hard to ensure they made a difference to their community.
Karen has been a youth worker for as long as I can remember. She is so passionate and goes above and beyond for all the young people she supports and every person she has supported will always tell you how much of a great youth worker she is.
Kool Carers staff and volunteers have continued to keep the young carers and their families at the front of everything they do throughout the pandemic ensuring that counselling and regular check ins were still available to both young carers and their families.
Since re-opening their respite groups they have re-created those safe spaces for young carers to explore them selves and upskill themselves in topics including personal safety, positive wellbeing and have fun including a planetarium session.
They were also able to take young carers away on two respite trips over the summer on a sailing trip.
The staff and volunteers work so hard to ensure all young people get a fantastic youth offer and nothing is too much for them.
WEB Merseyside works with young people, aged 9-18, on improving their confidence, self-esteem and empowerment. Throughout the lock-down, WEB Merseyside continued to support young people with online sessions and socially-distanced trips out in North Birkenhead.
Fern started with Space as a young person, then a volunteer at our Exmouth Centre, the Hive. She worked relentlessly, determined to unlock potential with other young people, supporting the staff team with integrity – never afraid to ask and always looking for creative solutions. She successfully got a part time youth work post with us and her true potential shone. She became a dynamic, collaborative team member and quickly built respectful, trusted relationships with the young people she worked with.
She then applied for a senior youth worker post at the 100 Club, Exeter. Different challenge and centre – same outcomes. She now manages youth work out of Tiverton Youth Centre – amazingly. PS over these 8 yrs she also completed her JNC! Star!
#kNOwKnives is an East Sussex based project, as part of the Youth Support Service, delivering early intervention awareness around knife crime, County Lines and exploitation.
Their main area of work is with young people in schools and the community to raise awareness around the risks and laws associated with carrying a knife, focusing on healthy relationships and spotting the signs of exploitation, keeping young people safe and challenging the stereotypes, myths and fears that can be portrayed through the media.
Through a wide range of interventions they have delivered over 1,200 sessions to nearly 33,000 people across the county, since the Project started in 2018.
I would like to nominate our Peer Mentors at Swan Youth Project. They attend our Open Access sessions plus a team meeting weekly, . They help us run sessions, lead activities and fund raise for our project. They regularly represent us when we have visitors or if we go out and about within the community and they are always a pleasure to be around. They are great role models for our young people, and they inspire others to become Peer Mentors also. They make us very proud
she is a amazing youth worker, and a great boss. she manages all the events, of which are extremely fun. as a young person. I greatly enjoy all that she does for the rochdale youth service. she is also great at conversing with the young people and understanding their problems, then resolving them in a professional manner. this is why I am voting.
Shaidean is a very inspirational young person. She has ASD but this hasn’t stopped her from achieving and taking part in many projects to develop youth work services. She is a founding member of a participation forum for young people with disabilities 11 – 25 years old and the forum has supported many services to develop both education, health and community services. Shaidean has co-produced events and projects including an event on hate crime, a project focus on educating young people on what are healthy relationships and currently she is involved in developing a youth club kitemark for youth clubs to use to make them more inclusive to young people with SEND
Rhi is our Senior Youth Worker at Swan Youth Project. She is inspiring, positive and has abundant energy for youth work and all of our young people. She leads our Open Access sessions, and particularly shines with our ‘older’ young people. They feel save and contained with Rhi and are able to offload in confidence, knowing they will get impartial time and space to make sense of what is going on for them.
Many young people seek Rhi out and love spending time with her. I wish I could bottle her skills and spread them all around 🙂
Steve is a passionate youth worker who believes in the force of youth work to make changes in young peoples lives. He is always banging the drum for youth work in any opportunity in any forum. Steve fights to make sure the most vulnerable in the community have an opportunity to have access to youth work and works directly from the young people in their place of being. Steve makes changes to young people’s lives an has an enormous impact on our community.
Over the last 1.5 years this derelict football changing room situated adjacent to a large park area; has been transformed into a fully functioning Youth Hub.
Shefford Youth Hub is facilitated by the Shefford Youth Involvement Team.
It was a central point for triage appointments for young people throughout the pandemic where the need for support was high. And welfare care packages where produced to give out to all the young people.
The hub has since hosted 1/2 term & summer programmes for children & young people using both the indoor & outdoor space. It is also a referral space for mentoring weekly.
The children, young people and youth team are very proud of this space and how it will develop in the future.
Aimee and another 4 young people nominated have been attending Stoke On Trent City Coucil Youth clubs for many years. Aimee is a respected member of the youth club and is a positive influence on other young people in our Youth Clubs. Aimee now volunteers at our junior youth club and is a real asset to the team. Aimee recently met with a team of government ministers and Civil servents and talked passionately about why Youth Services are so important to young people. They were the voice of all the young people in the city of Stoke On Trent and we were delighted to hear during the budget announcement that a commitment has been made to build 300 Youth clubs accross the city.
Justin and another 4 young people nominated have been attending Stoke On Trent City Coucil Youth clubs for many years. Justin is a regular and respected member of the youth club and is a positive influence on other young people in our Youth Clubs. Justins older brother attended our youth club and its great to now be working with his brother Justin. Justin recently met with a team of government ministers and Civil servents and talked passionately about why Youth Services are so important to young people. They were the voice of all the young people in the city of Stoke On Trent and we were delighted to hear during the budget announcement that a commitment has been made to build 300 Youth clubs accross the city.
Xander was recruited as the very first ACHD (Adult Congenital Heart Disease) Youth Worker in the UK, supporting youth aged 15-24 born with part of their heart working. 1 in 100 babies are born with a CHD in the UK and it is the most common birth defect. Xander was recruited by Youth@Heart in 2019, has an honorary contract at Bristol Heart Institute & works on the wards at Bristol Hospital & Bristol Children’s hospital. His committment has been incredible with young people – with nearly 500 new youth joining our service in 2 years. Xander has had to learn a brand new role, in a complex medical setting and has gone above and beyond for ever single young person and family that we work with a lot stating how life changing his support has been.
Chloe and another 4 young people nominated have been attending Stoke On Trent City Coucil Youth clubs for many years. Chloe is a regular and respected member of our SEND youth club and is a positive influence on other young people in our Youth Clubs. Chloe recently met with a team of government ministers and Civil servents and talked passionately about why Youth Services are so important to young people. They were the voice of all the young people in the city of Stoke On Trent and we were delighted to hear during the budget announcement that a commitment has been made to build 300 Youth clubs accross the city.
Dylan and another 4 young people nominated have been attending Stoke On Trent City Coucil Youth clubs for many years. Dylan is a regular and respected member of our SEND youth club and is a positive influence on other young people in our Youth Clubs. Dylan recently met with a team of government ministers and Civil servents and talked passionately about why Youth Services are so important to young people. They were the voice of all the young people in the city of Stoke On Trent and we were delighted to hear during the budget announcement that a commitment has been made to build 300 Youth clubs accross the city.
Jenny is the hardest youth worker I’ve ever had the professional courtesy of working with. Her dedication to mental health services is second to none. She has proven time and time again that she is willing to go above and beyond her work role to ensure the security and mental recovery of young people. There is the east and north herts trust, and then there is Jenny Hawkes. Youth worker extraordinaire!
I am nominating this organisation as of their well known and amazing youth work. Base 25 has ran since 1998 and they help approximately 9000 young people every year, they are a dedicated charity to meeting the needs of those who they engage with. They work with many types of people, and their aim is to help them achieve their own goals. They are a You-Centric charity as with young people at the center of their work. Base 25 will work in every way possible to help young people achieve their goals. Base 25 operates their services over 7 days a week to provide as much opportunity in supporting those that need it as possible, and they work in many creative ways to help people shape their lives.
Alan has worked for Stoke On Trent City Council Youth services for 35 years. During that time he has touched the lives of many young people and families with his passion and determination, to ensure that young people make the absolute best of themselves. Alan is lead worker for our SEND youth groups. Under is leadership, it is wonderful to see these young people become more confident and inderpendent, well as having a safe space where they can express themselves and have fun. Alan ensures that each young persons needs are met and tailors activities to best meet their needs and abilities. Alan works closely with parents to address any concerns they may have and parents often seek Alan out for advise about their children.
Wigan youth zone and all its team are an incredible place for young people to attend. Week in week out they are engaging with over 1200 young people from all backgrounds. The team make the magic happen and without those relationships and trust they have with the young people the yp would not attend. The team does all it can to make
Today better than yesterday
Tomorrow better than today
Wyz gives an opportunity for young people to have access to opportunities which they may not have otherwise.
Jas and another 4 young people nominated have been attending Stoke On Trent City Coucil Youth clubs for many years. Jas is a respected member of the youth club and is a positive influence on other young people in our Youth Clubs. Jas recently met with a team of government ministers and Civil servents and talked passionately about why Youth Services are so important to young people. They were the voice of all the young people in the city of Stoke On Trent and we were delighted to hear during the budget announcement that a commitment has been made to build 300 Youth clubs accross the city.
Jeniesha ( or Jay as we know her) has been with Base 51 since 2002, her dedication to young people has been inspirational. Jay has progressed her career with us from being a front line youth worker, to now being in a Management role. Her infectious passion to continue to develop her own skills and knowledge has ensured that we ( Base 51) as an organisation are at the forefront of emerging needs and are well positioned to respond to young people in an informed and evidence based way.
More recently as our organisation has developed our own Youth Work Academy Jay has stepped into a tutor role, passing on her knowledge and passion for young people to new and trainee youth workers, and is a strong advocate for professional youth work training
Danyal has been a youth work apprentice for one year now at Young Hackney. Something he is most proud of which has positively impacted on the young people is being able to contribute his own experiences and knowledge to the Duke of Edinburgh programme. He took 15 to 20 young people from Hackney to Wales (Snowdonia), up tough mountains and rough terrain and was there for them every step of the way, encouraging them and motivating them to achieve their end goal of reaching the finish the line and achieving their DofE award. By doing so every young person who went on their expedition was able to get their Silver or Gold DofE award.
Chat 1st CIC were established in January this year, in this time they have worked tirelessly to create various opportunities for young people that promote positive wellbeing with links to physical activity. They started on Zoom leading boxing and yoga sessions and have then moved into a local youth centre where they created a wellbeing hub offering support for young people. They have trained staff in place to support young people with their wellbeing whilst promoting the positives of participating in physical activity. They have also run holiday camps for children and young people on free school meals with a focus on positive wellbeing and been there for so many children, young people and families during their time of need.
Jean is the amazing leader of the Tribe Youth Grouo in Leeds. She set the group up three years ago and there are now 100 young people accessing the group every week.
The activities include arts and crafts, games, lifeskills and the I am Me project of physical and mental health including fitness circuits and healthy lifestyle. She also helps the young people divert away from anti social behavior through social action and community projects including an ECO club open to the whole community of ecological projects.
Growing up he saw what it was like to come from a disadvantaged community with limited opportunities and still went out of his way to make changes for himself for the better. After attending NCS in year 10, he started to see the value in youth services and despite the decline in government provisions and funding for youth projects, he still managed to remain interested in youth work and after working for NCS in 2017, he hasn’t looked back. Volunteering for the last 4 years as a Team Leader/Team Mentor/Senior Mentor for various charity partners with NCS including: The Challenge, Groundwork London and NCS Trust. He even worked with a youth education charity on his university placement and has since gone back to work with them full time.
Gemma is not only a fantastic youth worker, ensuring young people’s voices are at the heart or everything she does, she is also a fabulous manager supporting youth workers to grow and thrive in supporting the young people they work with. Gemma has recently moved into a new role within the FE sector and has navigated how to ensure her youth work values drive the work she does with young people in a different setting.
He has worked tirelessly to provide as many youth people in the Amble area support and assistance throughout the covid crisis and up to date. He has successfully managed to get multiple organisations to work together to the betterment of youth support in Amble and has brought the community together.
(The young people painted his face at the Halloween party)
Paul Carlton is by far the best Youth Worker I know , always an advocate for young people and working tirelessly to provide positive opportunities for them. Dedicating all of his working life to provide a safe environment for young people to flourish. He’s a true youth worker hero.
#simplythebest #Nationalyouthworkweek #YWW21
Dana has volunteered as a youth support worker in Salford . She has been an absolute star twice a week in her local community and youth centre . Dana always has a cheerful attitude and has been so supportive with young people who have been struggling with mental health. Dana has encouraged creative artwork to guide and encourage young people to express and understand their emotions. This has resulted in young people taking back control and feeling brighter and more positive in life . Big thanks to Dana for all her work in Salford.
Faisal is an incredible youth worker and coach who goes above and beyond to support young people. Young people in our organisation look up to him and always talk well of him. There is not a better person to nominate as a youth work champion.
His been volunteering with us just over two years and in that two years his been absolutely exceptional, hard working, committed and respected individual.
He manages our u16 football team and supports other activities within the organisation. He sometimes takes time off his paid work to volunteer for us which just shows how selfless he is.
We are honoured to have him as part of our organisation and look forward to many more years of helping young people to be the change with him on board.
The support and opportunities provided by Stroud District Council for us as youth voice representatives is a great example of championing youth work. Stroud District Youth Council, has evolved over 21 years to be more representative, louder and with greater levels of participation in adult decision-making. SDC’s dedicated professional youth work team has facilitated this vital work. Working as volunteers, we (SDYC members) are offered diverse opportunities for greater involvement; input in to the performance monitoring of Council services and having a say on their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, plus the Council Plan and 2030 environment strategy are just a recent few. SDC has recently made the Hear by Right Participation Pledge.
This entire organisation has worked tirelessly throughout the year to meet the needs of young people and their communities in Brighton & Hove.
It pushed to gain local Key Worker status in May 2020. With partners, the TDC has worked with literally thousands of young people through its award-nominated Brighton Streets project since.
TDC champions and advocates for young people and youth work in communities, citywide strategic meetings and Council Committees. It has just been awarded a 5 1/2 year grant from Brighton & Hove City Council worth nearly £1m to continue its good work in the city.
I am nominating this organisation because it is a Educational Platform and it has a wing too which does charity.
Many people are getting help from this organisation. Thus our society is being cured lightly from poverty. I want this organisation to proceed further and eradicate the sorrow and sufferings of marginalized people day by day.
From the very beginning, Mahir always wanted to create a positive impact on society. For youth development, he has worked with PeaceX as Country Head & CKHN as Regional Coordinator.
On the other hand, through his company “Revnland”, he is helping the entrepreneurs by providing all kinds of solutions for any business or startup.
As well as, under his “Be the change” program he has made a chain system for youth to be an entrepreneur or successful professionals. Preparing them by providing necessary training, grooming and guideline.His targeted SDG 1,3 & 8.
And till now he helped 5000+ youth for their development.
# Asia International Excellence Award Nominee.
# UPG sustainability leader
# Commonwealth100: Open source leader.
Wisdom Academy is basically an online platform that helps student to learn something new. Wisdom Academy started their journey last year in the middle of pandamic situation when every institutions were closed and all programmes were stopped. That time Wisdom Academy brought something excited for the bored young generation. Wisdom Academy helps everyone to learn something new by attending on different events and Wisdom Academy also arrange different types of seminar that can help others to know something new. Actually youth has a great interest to know something interesting.So,keeping that in mind Wisdom Academy arrange seasons. Then Wisdom Academy also make live with some successful people sothat others can take motivation from them in life
Dawn is a truly fabulous youth worker! Her enthusiasm and passion for young people and youth work is so infectious. She is dedicated to supporting young people and is a natural advocate for those who face challenges in getting their voices heard. She is deeply respected by professionals across a range of agencies for her ability to join things up and make things happen. She’s a legend!
Charlotte has been a fantastic asset to Voluntary Action Leicestershire’s Youth Volunteering Panel. She has attended every meeting since we started in January 2021 and taken on responsibilities of leading meetings, administration, supporting with events such as our Youth Volunteering Fair on National Volunteering Week and been an active team member when it comes to creating and developing volunteering roles for young people
Off the back of this, she has met lots of other organisations and volunteered with them; working on projects with Art Reach, The Carers Centre and Trade Sexual Health and more, all while being in full time education.
Charlotte has been an integral part to our team, always putting herself forward to help others.
“Jessica has championed great youth work through her swimming project where she inspired a group of young girls who could not swim well to have lessons throughout the summer. At the end of the project they were all able to swim.
Also, we would like to nominate her for her continued passion of working with the Inspire! SEND groups and always trying to push for more services for their families.”
This nomination comes from Hayley Birch, Practice Development Manager – Sport and Play at Young Hackney.
Zoe attends the Young Womens Outreach Project and does a lot to raise awareness in her community, she regularly holds conferences to raise awareness of young peoples issues.
Without a doubt young people in Wirral are safer and in a better place mentally as a result of the work John has done this year. When other services stopped operating, through lockdowns or school closures, John and his team doubled their efforts to fill the gaps. John used information from schools and local services about who most needed support to work with those most vulnerable and their families to help them access the support they needed whether that was food, mental health support or educational resources. John helped vulnerable pupils return to school, helping them overcome anxiety and other challenges. This work has given us insight into the challenges our young people face and transformed the way we work to support them.
Sagufta is a young entrepreneur who is changing lives with entrepreneurship. She works with communities and youth led startups to help them setup their businesses and coaches and mentors them to grow their entrepreneurial venture whilst also ensuring that the entrepreneurs are working towards achieving the SDGs with their enterprises. She believes that creating sustainable streams of income for the people of the Pacific is the ideal solution to eradicate poverty and other social issues that are associated with it. Her strong focus of waste reduction has earned her the commonwealth youth award for the Pacific Region in 2020 and she has become and influential young leader in the pacific.
Kevin Munday of @CityYearUK used his youth work skills to champion young people and tackle educational inequality during the pandemic. His 160 young leaders supported vulnerable pupils in schools, whilst at the same time developing the skills to thrive in the tough job market.
Azeez !lAbubakar is an incredibly talented and hard working young leader who is passionate about sustainable development. I am nominating Azeez as a Youth Work Champion because of his superb youth work driven towards supporting the most vulnerable people across the world. One of Azeez's youth work is the #YouthLeadSDG13 Campaign (yourcommonwealth.org/youthleadsdg13) that reached over 150,000 globally. He is focused on scaling his development work to reach more people across the world. Due to his youth work, he was recently shortlisted as one of the BIM Africa Innovation Awardees. Also, he won two scholarships to take part in the Leading Smart Communities program and USGBC LEED Green Associate program. Overall, he is an exceptional youth.
I am Muhammad waqas Blood Wala social youth and blood activist working on blood availability problem and Thalassemia student of bs computer science and peak of the activisim.
Mo has been an inspirational young person especially during the pandemic. Mo has championed young peoples voices to be heard at important council strategic meetings. Mo told key decision makers about the impact covid has had on children and young peoples mental health. As a result of this Mo secured funding from Blackburn with Darwen Heath so that professionals could train young people up as Well-being Champions to support their peers in school and community settings. Mo has continued to push for improved services to Children and young people in BwD by highlighting the need to poverty proof schools, to change how PSHE is delivered and by championing a new schools voice alliance to ensure that all young people in our towns are heard.
Charlotte and Lucy are hard working, caring and dedicated youth workers with a wealth of knowledge and experience. No matter the time, the day or the issue, they are always there – to listen, advise and help in anyway they can. They both work tirelessly every single day but over the past 18 months, their dedication to Fleet Phoenix, the Hart community and beyond has been nothing short of amazing. During lockdowns, both ladies were working non stop to help ensure that the community had the help and support they needed including distributing food. They are dedicated to empowering young people and their families to thrive by delivering music projects, youth clubs and mentoring projects including community outreach. (Photo-celebrating 10 years)
Personally, he has strengthened Fiji’s youth participation in key youth policies and has lobbied for youth and grassroot community causes. Breaking the barriers being a youth, he pushed for the Fijian Parliament to engaging youths in decision making spaces, impose plastic bags levy to safeguard the dangers of climate change and strengthen cultural preservation on dying languages and cultures.
As a practitioner, Mervyn has led the helm in Fiji and Pacific youth engagement in decision making spaces and has represented Fiji extensively at national, regional and international platforms.
Broderick is a strong believer that everyone should equal opportunities and that youths need to step up and take on platforms that empowers their voices.
Donna is a passionate youth worker who has been with our organisation for 6 years. During this time she has supported young people through all sorts of issues. She is always a listening ear for the young people. Always has a smile, a bit crazy but that’s why we love her.
Donna has recently completed the youth work apprenticeship and this has seen her knowledge and skills grow even more. She worked so hard even through her own personal struggles but she did it!
I know as her line manager I would like to thank her for always being there for us all and the young people of our groups would love for her to get some recognition for what she does.
This young, energetic and proactive girl has been working in public health sector for last 8years,since she was a student. She had worked as a organizer of youth forum, IFMSA, Bangladesh for medical students. She volunteered in “Education Against Tobacco” movement. She has been selected as a facilitator for her endless efforts as community worker in common wealth International conference, Malaysia. In her professional life she is a medical doctor and working as clinical mentor in Save the children, Bangladesh for last 2.5 years. In the past one year she has trained many midwives, helping them improving their skills which in turn reducing maternal and child death rate. Her enthusiasm was never deemed by pandemic.
Despite having to close the doors our youth centres, facing an initial 80% reduction in engagement rates of young people, 10 organisations have risen to the challenge and engaged with 2864 young people in South Gloucestershire, over 4842 attendances, 50% of some of the most disadvantaged and underrepresented young people in the area. 254 Online sessions254 1126 telephone calls, 403 detached sessions, 1200 activity packs created and delivered, 702 small group work sessions, 12 partnership meetings, 4 Skills sharing sessions, introduction to youth work course delivered, an online conference for decision makers to hear from young people, continued collaboration with local authority, town and parish councils, the police, VRUs & schools.
Rifad has been involved in various social volunteer activities since his school days. He used to stand by the side of helpless and poor people in different times of disaster and help them. He is associated with an organization called Lal Sabuj Unnayan Songha. That organization conducts various service activities including various social awareness programs, voluntary programs all over the country. On behalf of their organization, a lot of tree saplings are planted and distributed all over Bangladesh every year.
Every year he have been holding awareness meetings against drugs, child marriage, eve-teasing, militancy, bad deeds.
I am nominating Helen Baxter for being an outstanding youth worker. Her hard work is truly inspiring and is always there for the young people when they need them. She brightens every room she walks in and makes the community a better place.
“Team Bertho” is a youth-led platform, hailing from Bangladesh, delegated to the course of education and community build-up through spreading human wisdom. Founded in 2016, Team Bertho creates narrative projects by using myriad of art forms like creative writing, painting and illustration, graphics designing, short filmography, photography and presents them through socio-digital media, publication, and web-conference. Here, we work on documenting the stages of understanding life through people’s learning and pass them on as innovative, creative & effective solutions for everyone to live their best life.
Vicky is an absolutely outstanding human being, constantly giving time and energy to ensure that the Hampshire Youth Parliament keeps on running. I could not have asked for anyone else, Vicky is a star.
I am nominating him because he deserves. He belongs to the family of farmer in rural India but still he will work for environment and mankind since he was 9 year old.
At present he is working on the project called Knowledge For Nature under which he have reached 1000s of students regarding awareness of environmental issues and human rights.
In my opinion he is secret superstar of our society who must be now on the screen. I am fascinated by his ideology, project, words, attitude, and gratitude for Mother Earth.
The Market Place offers counselling, bereavement support, emotional wellbeing workshops, youth work led individual support and a drop-in service to young people in Leeds. During the pandemic, they continued to offer all of this online, over the phone and face to face, making sure that young people always have someone to talk to. The Youth Work team support young people aged 11+ with anything that’s going on for them, whether it’s issues around their mental health, bullying, school, relationship or family worries, exploring their gender or sexuality, or anything else they might want to talk about. They’ve kept young people at the heart of everything they do at a really difficult time and when support was needed the most.
I am nominating Lee because she is passionate, driven and hardworking to champion youth work and all young people.
I have worked alongside in various different capacity’s since 2012 and have learnt so much about working with young people and youth work. Lee loves her job and puts everything into her work. Lee’s ethic and values for youth work shines in the work that she does; from building positive relationships with young people, to creating empowering projects – Lee is always at the heart of the work we do.
Leigh moved to Trafford after living in Scotland. When she joined Gorse Hill Studios, she attended the aftercare group (a gorup for care leavers) and was quiet and took a step back at first. Then, Leigh went on to become one of our peer mentors, attending training to be a mentor for care-experienced young people.
After the training, Leigh has truly flourished and the difference in her confident levels are amazing. She has started working in another capacity at GHS, supporting the running of different groups and project managing a project with Trafford Virtual Schools to celebrate care-experienced young people who have achieved amazing grades through A-level and gone on to university. Leigh is selfless, caring, honest and a natural leader
Kayleigh is a dedicated and passionate person who gives 100% to her work with Tigers Trust as social inclusion manager never more evident than during the pandemic when she was out delivering food parcels and emergency supplies across Humberside throughout 2020 and every mile was with a smile.
Lorna has been a youth worker in Hull for over ten years. Throughout those years she has ensured young people within the City have achieved their full potential. She was part of a small team within the City who created the ‘CSE’ pod before the ‘VEMT’ team was created. Continually pushing for change and for the very best for every young person she comes into contact with. Currently she is working as a personal advisor within the City’s leaving care teM and continues to live by her youth work roots. Striving to achieve change within the local authority to ensure the young people recieve the best service.
I have known Azeem as a youth worker for a number of years. His commitment and energy to support young people is unbelievable. On every occasion he has gone above and beyond to make sure every young person reaches their full potential or at least is safe.
I know Azeem is involved in some keys pieces of youthwork, safeguarding young people in a number of different settings in education, healthcare (A&E), local authority as well as local community and faith groups. What amazes me most is his desire and passion to support disengaged young people. He really is a shining star!
I’ve just started working at Gorse Hill Studios on their alternative creative provision and I have been amazed at the impact they have on the local youth community. They work with disengaged young people in education, young people in care and care leavers through a mentorship programme, they run a youth cabinet to promote youth voice as well as developing meaningful projects such as ‘LINES’ a project highlighting the dangerous exploitation of young people involved in County Lines. They also run after school and summer art clubs, drama clubs, cooking and dance clubs which are either free or with a minimal charge for materials. They use creativity and culture to enrich the lives of young people to improve their well-being and life chances.
Lizzie Chapman was an artist by trade but over the last few years as become an amazingly supportive, caring, ingenious and creative youth worker and team member. She is always bringing a laugh or a smile to the face of the young people we work with and the staff which has been so needed this last year. She is hard working almost to a fault and makes sure to have time for everyone.
She has changed the service and many of the projects for the better and has done all of this with style and aplomb. Sometimes in this line of work people who are doing great work don’t get the praise they deserve and with all that she does to further the young people, their goals and aspirations and the service I think she is worthy of accolades.
This young person has stepped in to the role as Member of Youth parliament in a very difficult time and has constantly worked hard at the role and to rise aspirations of the group, her friends and of members of the staff team. She has started working on the youth board at Gorse Hill Studios and is the co-chair while simultaneously being part of many other sport and extra-curricula activities in and out of school. She is hard working, caring, open, honest, friendly and she will always stick up for what she believes in, I feel lucky to have her as part of my group.
Like all youth organisations the LFB Cadets had to learn to adapt during the pandemic & deliver youth services & engage with young people in different ways. There was then the challenge of ensuring COVID safety & bringing the YP people back to the Fire Stations safely, so they could continue their cadet journey & pass out in the Summer of 2021 having had the full cadet experience.
Despite the pandemic, The LFB cadets have achieved their aim of a cadet unit in every London Borough & are now moving towards a model of Volunteer Cadet Lead Units.
Both the LFB Cadet Central Team & Hundreds of volunteers have worked tirelessly to support the young people of London during very difficult times.
Iona is a student here at Lincoln City Foundation on our BTEC Sport course, whilst also being a young carer since she was at school. She has shown an extremely high level of maturity for a 17 year old since being with us at the Foundation. She started working for the Foundation as a volunteer helping at holiday clubs and after school clubs alongside her studies, to help develop her coaching skills. As a reward for her commitment and hard work she was rewarded with a paid Community Coach opportunity. She has taken this in her stride and continued to show excellent leadership skills whilst also being a good role model to the children in attendance. Iona has also shown an exceptional attitude and willingness to learn during lessons.
Zoe has been working with young people in our organisation since 2019. In this time we have seen her develop her leadership skills and take on a lead role withing the youth provision. This year she also graduated from University studying her youth work degree during a very difficult time. Despite the challenges with the pandemic Zoe has worked hard to adapt, challenge herself and has been innovative in her ways of engaging children and young people. Zoe worked hard with our virtual offer and seeking safe ways to connect with young people. She is very passionate and caring which truly shines. Zoe is motivated and enthusiastic when working with young people. She has recently relaunched of face to face youth sessions and inspiring young people
Manju is an exceptional worker/manager, always going above and beyond what is required of her. She is driven and motivated and works off her own initiative with ease, coming up with creative and pioneering ideas that sets her youth club ‘Enact’ apart from others. Her impact on the families within her youth club has been crucial to the development of the wider community. She has an affinity with young people and an innate ability to connect with them. She is truly gifted when it comes to youth work. Some people just have ‘it’ and she is one of them.
John Bligh is a liverpool city council youth worker who focuses on music and the creative industries.
john started this work in 1985. over the past forty years john has manged youth music projects across liverpool.
young people have gone onto achieving great outcomes including songwriters song of the year, music producers and a variety of other related outcomes. john managed the uk music pilot rehearsal space in liverpool starting the new culture of music master classes and young person led participatory youth music services. john more recently has been supporting young people who have been victim of sexual abuse and drug trafficked, the work john does is the brilliant marriage of informal education and the arts.
An amazing charity who put young people at the heart of all they do.
The team brought quality youth services to Berkshire’s young people throughout the pandemic, adapting quickly to offer virtual support through the Berkshire Youth Hubs (wbyh.co.uk), virtual youth clubs & contact by phone, doorstep and walks.
Youth workers continue to engage with young people through their detached work, work in schools, projects, programmes & training, many of the youth are vulnerable & disadvantaged.
The charity recently reopened its renovated youth & community centre which worked with over 700 young people on the HAF programme this August & has big ambitions for more!
They’re often seen & heard championing young people across the local media too.
The Youth Inspect & Advise Group, a youth voice movement delivered by East Sussex Community Voice, has spent the last 8 months working tirelessly to make sure that young people’s voices are heard. Through delivering high quality youth work, young service-users have been given a platform to campaign for change, with a specific focus on Mental Health in our local schools. Led by 4 youth facilitators & a youth participation worker (all u18), the project inspected the wellbeing provisions in two major secondary schools in East Sussex, giving them targeted feedback on ways to improve experiences for young people using their mental health services, as well as creating resources, videos and reports for local professionals & decision-makers.
I am nominating Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone because they go above and beyond for their support for young people. I’ve witnessed their determination and dedication that enables young people the opportunity to go somewhere safe and try new amazing activities.
Monet does a fantastic job providing support to young people and their families living with Congenital Heart Disease. As our Community, Youth and Family Worker she offers vital support in a kind and patient manner. She provides a listening ear and is always there for our young people and their families.
Over the past 12 months months this organisation has gone above and beyond to support the young people and their families in our community. From supplying food packages during the pandemic and weekly activity packs for our youth club children during lockdown. To providing on demand and live zoom dance and fitness classes during lockdown to keep children engaged with the youth club and helping to support their mental and physical health at a time when it was needed very much. Post lockdown they have launched free weekly activities from multi sports, dance classes, detatched youth work sessions, and drop in youth club sessions. Day trips out and community performances. Along side family brunch club days during the school holidays.
South Tyneside Youth Service
Lee is a young volunteer at one of our projects . He’s amazing with the young people and has a great rapport with staff too, he often helps staff with issue based activities and can be seen on our Facebook page often speaking about the LGBTQIA+ community.
He’s always asking how he can help, giving us issue based ideas to work with to keep our work informative yet fun.
He’s an asset to our team and we are so proud of him and how far he’s came .
Our organisation has been delivering youth work for over 14 years, we have continued to deliver quality projects even though we have faced tough times with the lack of funding and cuts to services.
We pride ourselves on the support, care and trusting relationships we have built with the young people over the years.
We feel a real sense of pride that we are still in contact with some of those young people after all those years and they still come to us for advice and help even though they now have families of their own.
We offer all the young people a safe space for them to be themselves, meet with friends, learn new skills and get advice and support. We have adapted our service to meet the changing needs and issues young people face.
The White Horse Project makes a difference to lives of young people in Rossendale, Lancashire. By transforming the life chances of these individuals they enable them to play their full part within the local community. Covid-19 did not stop the WHP engaging with young people. They continued to run free online art, music, homeschooling, high school transition and counselling sessions to reach those most in need.
They go above and beyond to develop life skills whilst exploring issues surrounding health/well being. They offer a safe place for young people, giving them a voice about what is important to them. I have only recently started working for the WHP and I can see the that work they do truly makes a difference and has a positive impact.
At Step by Step we passionately believe in supporting young people who are going through hard times. We take a unique step by step approach, providing accommodation, personal development opportunities, and specialist support services. Our approach helps young people to identify and fulfil their aspirations. We strongly believe in excellence in all we do, teamwork through successful collaborations and partnerships, honesty and openness. Ownership of our work, words, and actions and strength by building courage and resilience. It is our vision for every young person facing adversity, including homelessness, to realise their aspirations and reach their full potential, that’s why we worked relentlessly to stay open throughout the pandemic.
Anam for the past 30 years has worked as a youth worker from a young volunteer to today a freelance youth work and training consultant. He continues to champion youth work and for better representation and voice for the BAME community and youth work professionals through his work. Many forgot that Anam was one of the key people to develop the first lots of level 2, 3 and Apprenticeship programmes in youth work in the UK as a pilot with the then ABC and many of his paperwork produced are still being used today. He still champions quality youth work training across the sector working as a assessor, IQA & EQA. Anam is a great advocate for youth work and wants to see more youth work investment in the sector from Government.
As North West Charity of the Year, MYZ have one simple belief; that all young people should be able to access the same opportunities. This belief is what drives us, inspires us and pushes us to always work harder.
We provide young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 with additional needs) with the tools to:
Raise and achieve their aspirations
Develop their confidence
Empower them to fulfill their potential
Ultimately helping them to lead healthier, happier lives.
We do that by offering…
Somewhere to go.
Something to do.
Someone to talk to.
This organisation kept running throughout lockdown providing essential support to young people via video calling and activity packs for the younger people. The activity packs were hand delivered to the young people and brought a smile to the service users at a difficult time. This organisation stepped up to help with providing scrubs to NHS and also volunteered to help with the food bank to ensure the most vulnerable people including young people weren’t neglected. It is only a small local organisation but the work it did throughout lockdown was amazing and they deserve the recognition and appreciation.
I am nominating Wayne for a number of fantastic reasons but mostly because of his commitment, passion and drive for the work he does with young people from across the Onside Network and beyond.I believe the is no one more deserving of this recognition for the work he has done. Wayne has been a massive part in providing safe and inspiring spaces for children and young people up down the country and giving Young people a voice and key role in creating spaces for young people.I personally learn so much and gain so much from working with the most humble, kind and incredible youth worker who only ever puts other people first ,it is truly humbling and rewarding to see and learn from.
Thank you Wayne! X
Val has worked as a youth worker for over 30 years and is truly a community spirited individual. She has organised and delivered countless activities within her community of Peel and in other areas of the Isle of Man. She is an ambassador of youth work and introduced her children into the provision who are also doing extremely following in her footsteps. Val has recently been elected as a commissioner within Peel where she lives, again demonstrating her care and commitment to make the place better for people within the community.
Val still puts her life and soul into her job and commitment to doing the best for others, truly an inspiration and a pleasure to work with.
For her hard work and commitment, not only through the covid period but all the time. Susie is a very positive member of staff who will respond to the needs of young people and support any areas she can. She likes to try new things and has shown resilience when taking over a detached role which she has managed to engage with some challenging young people out on the streets.
Tricia has been a great team leader and goes out of her way to support all her colleagues and young people. she comes up with great ideas then will do all the research and get all the information that is needed then share her ideas and resources with us all.
she goes out of her way to help young people finding out what they need/wishes helps them no matter what else is going on for her in her personnel life. Tricia is a great team player joins in helping out no matter what it is to cleaning up blocked sinks and drains to jumping out of trees if she is need to do it to encourage a young person to do it she dose it.
No matter what is put in front of Tricia we all know she will give 100% for all young people and Staff.
Monica is a Duke of Edinburgh youth worker with 30 years service. She has lead a great team in supporting lots of young people gaining development in themselves and gaining awards. She has worked for Dudley MBC in this, as has and runs an open unit which supports varied young people . including care , and disability young people.
Basil is a youth worker at the YMCA North Staffordshire. He has worked tirelessly across two projects, the NCS programme and the YMCA Go! Project. Through NCS Basil helped a team of young people gain life skills, confidence and get involved, making a difference in their local community, through a social action project. Basil was well loved by the young people in the team. On YMCA Go Basil has been an instrumental part of the YMCA Go! Project helping to staff countless activities and day trips, helping out at community events. We had nothing but positive feedback from both young people and community partners about Basil, he made a positive impact wherever he went. The YMCA would not be the same without him and he deserves to be celebrated!
YMCA Go provides activities, opportunities and youth clubs for young people aged 10-16 across Stoke on Trent. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, YMCA Go adapted their provision to be virtual, hosting sessions with young people across Instagram, Zoom and Discord. Since youth work has opened up they provide youth clubs every week, and day trips in the summer holidays. During the summer with the help of partners YMCA Go were able to provide over 65 sessions, that were free to access, and provided meals to all young people. Feedback provided from parents was that it was a brilliant opportunity for their young people that they would not have been able to provide themselves.
The Brunswick centre has a youth service for LGBT+ young people in Kirklees. Over the last year the Pandemic didn’t stop them from delivering over 300 online sessions and then moving swiftly back to face to face provision as soon as possible. The Brunswick centre provides support not only to young people but also to families. The provision includes 3 youth clubs a week, monthly trans group, monthly non binary group and delivery of work to schools and professionals. Brunswick always put young people at the core of what they do. They go the extra mile to achieve positive outcomes for young people.
Porsha goes over and beyond within her role, which I believe has helped me as I progress within my role. Porsha shows a great deal of passion and pride throughout her management style and work with children and young people.
I appreciate that she is open and takes her team on her journey of growth and development. Prior to being appointed to my role here at the council I did not have any knowledge of Systemic Practice however Porsha has taught me so much that now I feel confident enough to speak about topics such as SOCIAL GRAAACCESS and now I am keen to undergo the training myself.
Porsha displays excellent examples of youth work with the children and young people and its the strength of those relationships that helped me.
Croydon Council’s Children in Care Council has come a long way over the few years as it has sat within various teams, with various managers and has had its clear ups and downs.
It is now recognized and known across the borough at E.M.P.I.R.E (Empowerment, Memories, Positivity, Interesting, Respect & Educational) which is a collective of young people who are all cared for by Croydon. The purpose of E.MP.I.R.E is to empower children looked after and care leavers with the confidence and power to influence policy change, shape the service and have their voice heard.
E.M.P.I.R.E prides themselves on providing young people with a supportive, inclusive, non-judgmental safe space to develop self-esteem, confidence and explore identity.
I would like to nominate Ebony as she has been an active member of our Children in Care Council for over 2 years – Ebony has shown so much growth and development in herself despite some of the personal challenges she has faced.
Ebony has taken part in numerous campaigns and panels to influence the care children receive from the Local Authority. Ebony is truly amazing.
For his work within the Scout organisation and in particular his tireless work within the British Boy Scouts. He is constantly promoting BBS throughout the UK and the world by sitting in on remote meetings and also giving help and advice as well as writing the standards.
At home he started a scout group 6 years ago with just 6 members and 2 helpers and we now have over 45 members with 6 leaders and with a 6 month waiting list.
Simon has led by example to ensure that all the members of the group are really well behaved and also enjoy all the varied activities that Simon has planned.
Simon does this without expecting any thanks and just for the joy of working with scouts
Louise has ran the charitable youth provision based in Eyres Monsell, for the past 18 Years. During this time she has shaped the centre to what it is today, from opening one night a week, to now opening 5 nights a week, and running a variety of sessions and programmes to benefit all. Louise never fails to amaze us. Despite local cut backs on funding and issues in her personal life, Louise never fails to have a smile on her face and fight her way through it. Louise always has the Youth clubs best interests at heart, even before her personal life. louise is a true inspiration and always goes that extra mile, often putting others before herself. Louise goes above and beyond her duties each and every day. She is a superstar !!!..
Youth workers make a difference to young people, so this is a huge thank you to all youth workers. Youth Workers and support staff at Birmingham Youth Service work together tirelessly to deliver a high-quality service which makes a real difference.
Throughout the pandemic the youth workers went that extra mile to make sure that they were checking in with our young people, examples of this included food parcels, well-being packs, door step contact, welfare checks, detached work as well as regular virtual contact. This made a huge difference to young people who welcomed the support and personal touch from our youth workers. This came as no surprise as Birmingham Youth Service has a team of dedicated workers who always put the needs
The Hospital Youth Work project runs out of both NHS trusts in Hertfordshire through Services for Young People. The project has supported over 900 young people in Hertfordshire throughout the COVID 19 pandemic a time which has seen rocketing admissions to both trusts for young people. The project provides social and emotional support and uses a trauma informed approacd to it’s work. Young people recieve support once they leave the hospital in the community to reduce admissions to the hospitals. Through social prescription young people are able to access community support to improve health and wellbeing outcomes. The project has been positively recieved and is a valuable service for the NHS and partners that the HYW team work with.
Jenny is a passionate youth worker who has developed the Hospital Youth Worker Project for the East and North Herts Trust as part of Services for Young People within Hertfordshire County Council. Jenny developed the project and during this time has supported over 700 young people who have accessed the trust with a range of social and emotional concerns, as well as being rigourous in her approach to safeguarding. Jenny has worked tirelessly with the NHS throughout the Covid 19 Pandemic to ensure all young people who are referred to the service recieved the same level of support they were prior to the pandemic. She has also been a great support in developing the HYW project in the West Herts Trust, so that it would be rolled out successfully.
** From 6th September 2021 we can confirm that the youth sector moves to GREEN in the readiness framework**