Meet some of the outstanding young people who have been declared the winners of this year’s annual 4Uth awards.
These videos have been produced with the seven young people named as district winners of the awards which are organised by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with the Nottingham Post.
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.
The district award winners are as follows:
• Ashfield District winner: Sarah Clark – https://vimeo.com/141047183
• Bassetlaw District winner: Aidan Needham –
• Broxtowe District winner: Darcey Carnelley – https://vimeo.com/141054858
• Gedling District winner: Lewis Betteley-Vickers –
• Mansfield District winner- Nathan Beckett – https://vimeo.com/141059165
• Newark and Sherwood District winner: Jasia Byatt – https://vimeo.com/141062331
• Rushcliffe District winner: Brandon Aughton – https://vimeo.com/141063248
Jasia Byatt from Newark and Sherwood district was named as the overall winner of the awards at a special ceremony at County Hall on Friday evening. She is a volunteer at the Third Star Youth Project in Rainworth and also organises fundraising events in her spare time.
She has a muscle wasting condition after being diagnosed with it at the age of ten, with her condition further compounded by injuries she sustained following a car crash a few years ago. Her winner’s video is here: https://vimeo.com/142292531
Jasia said: “I was shocked to be nominated in the first place and to be named as the overall winner is unbelievable. When you have challenges you have to focus on something to do. I have struggled to find a job since leaving university and this gives me an opportunity.
“As much as they say I am a good worker and I am a credit to them, everyone at the youth club is a credit to me. Without them I would not have the reason to get up and motivate myself so I will always carry it on.”
Councillor John Peck, Committee Chairman for Children and Young People at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Many congratulations to all of our district winners. It was a strong field and Jasia was a worthy winner and it is a tremendous achievement.
“Jasia is a remarkable young lady who has overcome some extreme challenges in her life. She is a very positive person and it is clear to me that she given a great deal to her community, giving a lot to young people, and she does so much and over and above what one might expect from a volunteer.
“Jasia should feel extremely proud. She has achieved a great deal and even though she has profound difficulties – I hope she can use this to achieve other things in her life, and I am sure she will. I think she has the personality and the strength of character to be able to do this.”
Profiles of the district winners are as follows:
• Ashfield District winner: Sarah Clark
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