The Slough Youth Awards returned to The Curve last Thursday (8 November) to celebrate and recognise the impressive contributions young people have made to the town.
Now in its third year, the Slough Youth Awards received more than 70 nominations for young people and groups aged 11-19 (up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities and for care leavers) who live in the borough.
This year’s ceremony was hosted by youth representatives Navin Vithana, 15, and Betty Axtell, 16, from Slough Youth Parliament.
Awards were presented across six categories: young artist, young environmentalist, young inspiration, young entrepreneur, young sportsperson and Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) young volunteer of the year.
Additional awards were included to mark the best of local secondary schools’ participation in the National Citizen Service (NCS), as well as the Make Your Mark consultation.
This year’s winners are:
Joint winners: Myeisha Dawkins and Team Azim
Runner up: Gagandeep Hanspal
Winner: Infinity Edits
Runner up: Amy Bholah
Joint winners: Kan Heywood Mclean and Luke Bulman
Runners up: Hashmatullah Elhani
Winner: Slough & Eton School - EDT Go4Set project
Runner up: Aik Saath - Garden Rescue
Winner: Chalvey Youth Café (Aik Saath) - Chalvey Stories
Runner up: Eden Girls School - CSE performers
The winner of the young volunteer award will be announced at the Slough Voluntary Sector awards on 16 November. Shortlisted nominees were announced as Alaa Fawaz, Louise Ellis and Raakhi Sharma.
Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for children and education, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many engaged young people who are working to improve their community.
“They are an inspiration to us all and I’m so pleased we have this awards ceremony to recognise their efforts.”
The sold out crowd was treated to a performance from spoken word group Empoword and students from Ditton Park Academy showcased a film designed to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
Award presenters included Slough Borough Council chief executive, Josie Wragg; director of children learning and skills, Cate Duffy; cabinet member for children and education, Cllr Shabnum Sadiq; headteacher, Kathleen Higgins; Slough Business Community Partnership manager, Anita Herbert; and representatives from award sponsors Arvato, Heathrow, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Immersive Computing Labs and John Crane.
The Slough Youth Awards are supported by Slough Borough Council’s Young People’s Service, Slough Youth Parliament and Slough CVS and arose from the Youth Parliament’s manifesto commitment to raise the profile of young people in a positive way by celebrating their many achievements.
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