Welcome to the Medway Youth Awards
The Medway Youth awards aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people.
In partnership with the Medway Council, supported by the Portfolio Holder for Children's Services, we are launching a brand-new signature celebration to our Youth Services calendar in Medway. As an organisation that works closely supporting young people, we see first-hand the real impact young community members are making in their personal and professional lives. We believe that these amazing achievements deserve to be celebrated.
The Medway Youth Awards will take place on Tuesday the 10th of July at the Priestfield Stadium. These new and ground-breaking awards will highlight young people’s achievement and contribution to the community. This year categories will include: sports, creativity, courage, community participation and volunteering, with each category supported by local businesses.
We believe that this new and innovative type of celebration is vital for promoting the positive contribution of children and young people to our community, which has an impact on people’s feelings of safety and well-being, as well as tackling persistent negative depictions and labelling of young people. By promoting achievements and contributions, we hope to in turn encourage young people to make positive choices that help them avoid association with crime and anti-social behaviour.
The ceremony will include dinner and performances from talented local young people.
Thank you for your many nominations. Nominations closed on the 30th April, and we are currently in the process of deciding the winners!
Nominations for 2019 will open in March 2019.
The youth & adult categories are:
The Chatham Maritime Trust Award for young people & Adults involved in Community Action
This is aimed at someone who is involved in work that helps their community. We want to be able to recognise the contribution and commitment they have made to young people living in Medway
The McDonald’s Courage and Inspiration Award
This award is for individuals who have supported young people who are showing courage in coping with adversity; this can be illness or disability. They will have made it possible for the young people to enjoy their lives.
The Nucleus Arts Creative Arts Award
This award is for individuals who have supported and guided young people in any form of creative work including music, dance or drama. This will also include those who work back stage i.e. lighting, costumes etc. They may have inspired young people to make the creative arts their goal in life.
The Questor Insurance Learning and achieving Award
We want to recognise those who have worked to help young people develop their learning. We are looking for an inspirational teacher or mentor who will have helped young people go beyond in any form of learning.
The Gillingham Football Club Sporting and Physical Achievement Award
The adults here will have helped and supported young people to be the best that they can in their chosen sport or activity. They will have demonstrated all the personal skills to support and guide young people to achieve or develop their skills.
The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Young Volunteer Award (young person only)
To qualify they must not be in receipt of any income or wages for the work or activity which is being recognised. The activity or work may support or benefit a Medway community this can include people or the environment. The activity or work can be for a continuous provision or a one of event and can be for individuals or groups.
The Glenesk Group Youth Worker of the Year (adult only)
The activity or work may support or benefit a Medway community - this must include children and young people. The activity or work can be for a continuous provision or a one-off event and can be for an individual or groups of young people.