The 4Uth awards recognise the outstanding achievements of young people across the county for a variety of different areas such as, caring for others, vital contribution within a local community and overcoming adversity. We received 130 nominations for this year’s awards, which are organised in partnership with the Nottingham Post.
Following the end of nominations in the summer, district youth panels shortlisted three top nominees from which an overall district winner was selected.
A special awards night took place at County Hall on 23 October, where the district winners received their awards and Jasia Byatt from Newark and Sherwood district was named as the overall winner.
Newark and Sherwood District winner: Jasia Byatt
Jasia has been nominated by Jodie Hoggard, the Project Coordinator at Third Star, a voluntary sector project based in Rainworth. Jasia has been nominated for her commitment as a volunteer worker at the Rainworth club whilst overcoming profound disabilities.
Ashfield District winner: Sarah Clarke
Sarah is 18 and lives in Westbourne Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, she was nominated for the award by Emma Betteridge, a youth worker with the county council’s youth service at Sutton Young People’s Centre. Sarah has been nominated because of her hard work in support of other young people and for her commitment to her responsibilities as a carer for her father.
Bassetlaw District winner: Aidan Needham
Aidan is 14 and lives in Vessey Road, Worksop. He was nominated for the award by Shane Butkeraitis, the full-time youth worker at Valley Young People’s Centre. Aidan has been nominated for his exceptional sporting achievements at regional and national level whilst representing the Worksop Detachment of the Army Cadet Force.
Broxtowe District winner: Darcey Carnelley
Darcey is 16 and lives in Dovecote Lane, Beeston, She was nominated for the award by Nikola Loydall, youth worker at Beeston Young People’s Centre. She lives with her foster carers Tom and Helen Murphy. Nikki nominated Darcey for her resilience and her attitude to life following some earlier tragedies.
Gedling District winner: Lewis Betteley-Vickers
Lewis is 16 and lives in Coronation Road, Bestwood Village. He has nominated by Paul Race, a youth worker in the county council youth service. Paul nominated Lewis because of the way in which he fulfils his responsibilities as a young carer and for the role he plays at the youth service district mobile project which visits his village every week.
Mansfield District winner- Nathan Beckett
Nathan is 13 and lives in the Mansfield area. He was nominated by Maria De Rosa from the County Council’s Schools Swimming Service. Maria nominated Nathan, who is also known as Natty, because of the way he has progressed during swimming lessons despite the difficulties he has due to disability.
Rushcliffe District winner: Brandon Aughton
Brandon is 18 and lives in West Bridgford. He has been nominated for the award by Margaret Clement who is a youth worker with the Square Peg charity which works with disabled young people in Nottinghamshire. Brandon has been nominated because of his campaigning work on behalf of disabled young people and also because of his fundraising efforts for Square Peg.
Photos: Ian Dearman
Main image: 4Uth District winners: Back from left: Darcey Carnelley (Broxtowe), Aidan Needham (Bassetlaw), Coun Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People's Committee, Coun John Peck, Chairman of the Children and Young People's Committee, Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman Coun Sybil Fielding, Lewis Betteley-Vickers (Gedling), Sarah Clark (Ashfield), Nathan Beckett (Mansfield). Front: Jasia Byatt (Newark and Sherwood), Brandon Aughton (Rushcliffe).