Congratulations to all our 2016 young volunteers!!
Many young people give up their time and effort to make Mid Sussex a better place, and the Council is keen to recognise their dedication and hard work. The aim of the Mid Sussex Young Volunteer of the Year Awards is to give these outstanding young individuals their moment in the spotlight.
Held at Borde Hill Gardens, the 2016 awards honoured 10 special young people who regularly give up their spare time to make a difference, improve their community and make a positive contribution to their local area.
The Winner of the Young Community Volunteer Award was 18 year old Francesca Blewitt, who has volunteered at Outset Youth Action since 2011. Francesca has helped with the annual summer reading programme, worked at the Oxfam Charity Shop and given over 500 hours as a volunteer working for the Citizen Advice Bureau.
“Francesca has shown commitment and dedication - she is a real role model and an ambassador to other young people.” Caroline Halpin Outset Youth Action
The runners up prizes went to 17 year old Teddy Osman and 18 year old Connor Chatterjee, who have both accrued over 500 hours as volunteer supporting the projects run by Kangaroos, a charity for children with special needs.
“Teddy treats the children with respect and they enjoy being in his company – he gets on well with the team and is a positive role model to the other volunteers. Connor is reliable and respected member of the team who is very hardworking and responsible – he will always do more that he is asked and is an important asset to the group.” Lorna Herrett, Kangaroos