Young Volunteer of the Year Awards

2017 Awards

Mid Sussex District Council celebrated the wonderful contributions made by young people in the District by hosting the 4th Annual Young Volunteer of the Year Awards in June 2017. 

This prestigious ceremony organised by MSDC at Borde Hill Gardens recognised the hard work of all the remarkable young people who regularly give something back to their local community.

The winner of the Young Leader Award was 17-year old Jess Morris from Hassocks, who stood out for her willingness to help others and the enthusiasm she has demonstrated whilst volunteering for the National Citizenship Scheme.

The Young Community Volunteer Award went to 16-year old Ruth Bedingham from Lindfield, who has made a real difference in her community work with the Haywards Heath based charity Kangaroos to help young people with learning disabilities enjoy fun social activities.

Sussex Clubs for Young People sponsored the Young Achiever Award, which went to 21-year old Dean Hodge of Burgess Hill.  Dean has overcome significant difficulties and worked extremely hard over the past year whilst volunteering with the Friends, Families and Travellers organisation.

Dean Hodge also won the Peer Nominated Award after his fellow nominees singled him out as the most deserving of all the young volunteers.  The award was presented by Francesca Blewitt, a winner of one of the Young Volunteer Awards at last year's event.

This year there was the Chairman's Special Award which was given to the Ariel Othello's Buddies, a group of young people who have done exceptional work helping children with special educational needs to enjoy drama through the Ariel Company Theatre.

During the event 16-year old singer/song writer Harvey Kimber entertained the audience.  He is currently studying for a Diploma in Music Performance, Singing and Song Writing and will soon be releasing his debut album 'Battlefield Scars' on Hammered Records.

The Mid Sussex Young Volunteer of the Year Awards coincided with National Volunteers Week, 1st to 7th June - an annual event that celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.  Volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations.  They are a valuable presence in many communities, helping out in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.

If you would like to volunteer please look at the Outset Youth Action Webpage.  If you would like to nominate a young person for the 2018 Young Volunteer of the Year Award please contact Regina Choudhury 01444 477495 or email