Nottinghamshire County Council this week announces the district winners of the 2015 4Uth Awards having received record nominations.
The county council received a total of 130 nominations for this year’s awards which are organised in partnership with the Nottingham Post.
It is the first time more than 100 young people have been nominated in the five years that the award has been running.
The 4Uth awards recognise the outstanding achievements of young people across the county for a variety of different areas such as outstanding achievement, caring for others, vital contribution within a local community and overcoming adversity.
Following the end of nominations in the summer, district youth panels shortlisted three top nominees from which an overall district winner was selected.
A special awards night will take place at County Hall on October 23, where the district winners will receive their awards and the overall countywide winner will be named.
Councillor Alan Rhodes, Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, and Councillor Liz Plant, Committee Vice-Chairman for Children and Young People’s Services, will help to judge the overall winner of the 4Uth awards.
Coun Rhodes said: “We are extremely proud that the achievements of so many young people have been recognised as part of the 2015 4Uth awards. Every year we continue to be amazed with the inspirational stories of young people making a huge difference to those close to them and their local communities and to have received record nominations this year is very special.
“We wish to thank everyone who has taken the time and trouble to nominate someone this year. It is a great achievement to have your efforts recognised in this way and many congratulations to each of the district winners.”
The county judging panel also includes Matt Rooney – County Commissioner Notts Scouts; Lisa Barker, Chief Exec Notts Clubs for Young People; Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of the Opposition at Nottinghamshire County Council, Veronica Pickering – Deputy Lord-Lieutenant and Kate Royse – County Commissioner Girl Guiding Notts.
The district winners are as follows:
• Ashfield District winner: Sarah Clarke
Sarah is 18 and lives in Westbourne Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, she was nominated for the award by Emma Betteridge, a youth worker with the county council’s youth service at Sutton Young People’s Centre. Sarah has been nominated because of her hard work in support of other young people and for her commitment to her responsibilities as a carer for her father.
Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Sarah is an inspiration to many young people with her hard work and dedication to a variety of causes such as Mansfield Hospital’s Theatre Troupe, the District Youth Forum and the Sutton Young People’s Centre. Her apprenticeship has also been very rewarding and she can be proud to be named the Ashfield District winner of our 4Uth awards.”
• Bassetlaw District winner: Aidan Needham
Aidan is 14 and lives in Vessey Road, Worksop. He was nominated for the award by Shane Butkeraitis, the full-time youth worker at Valley Young People’s Centre. Aidan has been nominated for his exceptional sporting achievements at regional and national level whilst representing the Worksop Detachment of the Army Cadet Force.
Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Our awards for young people recognise excellence in many different areas of life and Aidan has excelled in sport, volunteering and cadets and has achieved so much. He can be justly proud of his achievements and is a worthy winner of the district award for Bassetlaw in recognition of everything he has done.”
• Broxtowe District winner: Darcey Carnelley
Darcey is 16 and lives in Dovecote Lane, Beeston, She was nominated for the award by Nikola Loydall, youth worker at Beeston Young People’s Centre. She lives with her foster carers Tom and Helen Murphy. Nikki nominated Darcey for her resilience and her attitude to life following some earlier tragedies.
Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Darcey has been through so much in her young life having to deal with such tragic loss at a young age yet she has shown amazing resilience and has now found a strong platform for the future with her achievements both with study, her community work and the youth service. Well done to Darcey on being named as the Broxtowe 4Uth award winner in recognition of everything.”
• Gedling District winner: Lewis Betteley-Vickers
Lewis is 16 and lives in Coronation Road, Bestwood Village. He has nominated by Paul Race, a youth worker in the county council youth service. Paul nominated Lewis because of the way in which he fulfils his responsibilities as a young carer and for the role he plays at the youth service district mobile project which visits his village every week.
Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Lewis is a wonderful role model for other young people and he can be very proud to be named as the Gedling 4Uth award winner for Gedling district. He is another young person who is juggling a wide range of responsibilities including that as a young carer and work for the youth service and the young people’s forum – helping to provide vital support at home and a voice for his fellow peers in the community.”
• Mansfield District winner- Nathan Beckett
Nathan is 13 and lives in the Mansfield area. He was nominated by Maria De Rosa from the County Council’s Schools Swimming Service. Maria nominated Nathan, who is also known as Natty, because of the way he has progressed during swimming lessons despite the difficulties he has due to disability.
Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Nathan’s award highlights his immense success and personal journey. It is clear from his inspiring story that he has had so much to contend with in life already at such a young age. We are very proud that he has been named as the Mansfield 4Uth award district winner to recognise his achievements.”
• Newark and Sherwood District winner: Jasia Byatt
Jasia has been nominated by Jodie Hoggard, the Project Coordinator at Third Star, a voluntary sector project based in Rainworth. Jasia has been nominated for her commitment as a volunteer worker at the Rainworth club whilst overcoming profound disabilities.
Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Jasia has been undeterred by whatever challenge she has faced in her life and she makes an immense contribution to her youth club in Rainworth for so many young people and all involved in managing this group. Her inspiring story provides a superb example of a volunteer who does so much for the local area and it is wonderful that she has been recognised as the district winner for the 4Uth awards for Newark and Sherwood.”
• Rushcliffe District winner: Brandon Aughton
Brandon is 18 and lives near Loughborough Road in West Bridgford. He has been nominated for the award by Margaret Clement who is a youth worker with the Square Peg charity which works with disabled young people in Nottinghamshire. Brandon has been nominated because of his campaigning work on behalf of disabled young people and also because of his fundraising efforts for Square Peg.
Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Nottinghamshire Pioneers provides a powerful voice for young people living with disabilities and this award also helps to raise their profile as well as promote the excellent work that Brandon has achieved already in his young life. He is proving to be a wonderful ambassador for young people not only locally but also nationally through his work with the Children’s Commission and MPs and he can be very proud to have his efforts rewarded as the Rushcliffe district winner of the 4Uth awards.”
Find out more about the awards on Nottinghamshire County Council’s website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/4uth