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Young Volunteer of the Year Award
Do you know a young person who volunteers in Mid Sussex? Would you like them to receive recognition for all of the hard work that they do?
Many young people give up their time and effort to make Mid Sussex a better place. We think it’s important to recognise these special individuals.
The Mid Sussex Young Volunteer of the Year Awards aims to give these outstanding individuals their moment in the spotlight.
If you’d like to reward that special young person in your community for all their hard work, why not nominate them?
There are three awards to be won by any person aged 14-21 who has completed a minimum of ten hours of volunteering.
If you think you know a young person who has given up their time to help others - or has made a positive contribution to their community - then please nominate them.
The categories are:
Young Community Volunteer Award
Recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community.
Young Leader Award
Given to a young person who has shown outstanding leadership in a project or organisation.
Young Achiever Award
Given to a young person who has overcome serious problems and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through:
- Or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem
Nominate a young volunteer
Nominations for the 2018 award have now passed. Details of the 2019 award will be published on this page in the coming months.
Please note: Individuals cannot be nominated by a family member or themselves. Any one person or organisation can only nominate a maximum of five people per category.
Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special award ceremony to celebrate their achievements and to get their certificates from the Mid Sussex District Council Chairman.
Young Leader Award - Melissa Turner
Melissa dedicates her spare time to running a drama club for younger students and she assists school staff in certain lessons by providing additional support for young people struggling with practical work.
Young Community Volunteer Award - Cameron Gregory and Bethany Stimson (joint winners)
Cameron volunteers at Burgess Hill Youth, leading group activities, providing essential IT support and, recently, providing valuable assistance on two outings for young carers.
Bethany volunteers at the Quarry Café in East Grinstead, a facility that is run by the community for the benefit of the community. Beth has contributed 119 hours so far and has proved to be an outstanding volunteer with her calm, attentive manner and willingness to learn.
Young Achiever Award - Alicia Turner
Alicia provides practical and emotional care for her younger brother both before and after school. She also volunteers with the Pastoral Support Service at Downlands Community School, providing her fellow pupils with information, advice, support and guidance.
Peer Nominated Award - Andrew Galt and Alex Wilmore (joint winners)
Andrew volunteers at his local community library and is dedicated to helping young people improve their reading skills including helping to establish ‘story time’ events. He also gives up his lunchtime to support secondary school readers who need extra help.
Alex volunteers with local charity Kangaroos, an organisation which provides a range of fun, inclusive activities and trips for children with learning difficulties and special needs. He has given up over 100 hours of his spare time working to ensure the children have as much fun as possible while they’re at Kangaroos.
The Young Leader Award - 17-year old Jess Morris from Hassocks
Jess stood out for her willingness to help others and for her enthusiasm whilst volunteering for the National Citizenship Scheme.
The Young Community Volunteer Award - 16-year old Ruth Bedingham from Lindfield
Ruth has made a real difference with her community work for Haywards Heath based charity - Kangaroos. The charity helps young people with learning disabilities enjoy fun social activities.
Young Achiever Award sponsored by Sussex Clubs - 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 charity - Friends, Families and Travellers.
Peer Nominated Award - 21-year old Dean Hodge of Burgess Hill
Dean was singled out as the most deserving of all the young volunteers. The award was presented by Francesca Blewitt - winner of one of the Young Volunteer Awards at last year's event.
Chairman's Special Award - Ariel Othello's Buddies
Buddies are a group of young people who have done exceptional work helping children with special educational needs to enjoy drama through the Ariel Company Theatre.
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 which runs from 1 June to 7 June. This is an annual event that celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.
Young Community Volunteer Award - 18 year old Francesca Blewitt
Francesca has has volunteered at Outset Youth Action since 2011 and 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.
Runners up - 17 year old Teddy Osman and 18 year old Connor Chatterjee.
Both Teddy and Connor gave over 500 hours as volunteers, supporting the projects run by Kangaroos, a charity for children with special needs.