4Uth awards to celebrate young success stories

16 April 2018

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Social media channels will once again help promote Nottinghamshire County Council’s search for young stars as part of the 2018 4Uth Awards.

Some of the county’s top young achievers who have been nominated for this year’s awards will be profiled on networks such as Instagram and Twitter.

The annual 4Uth awards recognise the outstanding achievements of young people across the county for a variety of different areas such as outstanding achievement, caring for others, making a vital contribution within a local community and overcoming adversity.

Nominations open today until Friday, June 15, then district youth panels will shortlist three top nominees and select district winners who will then receive their awards at a special awards ceremony at County Hall on Friday, October 26. During that evening, the overall countywide winner will be named.

16-year-old Sami Ayoub, UK Youth Parliament member for Broxtowe and member of Nottinghamshire Youth Parliament, has backed this year’s campaign. The teenager, from Central Avenue, in Beeston, said: “Most young people are active on social media so it is good that Instagram and Twitter will feature some of the nominees this year. It will raise the profile of the young people featured, and could encourage peers and friends in their communities to nominate other worthy candidates.”

Councillor Kay Cutts, Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, and Councillor Tracey Taylor, Committee Vice-Chairman for Children and Young People’s Services, will help to judge the overall winner of the 4Uth awards.

Councillor Cutts said: “Every year we learn about some outstanding achievements of young people through the 4Uth awards, whether it is someone overcoming adversity or succeeding against all the odds. The 4Uth awards are a great opportunity to give these young people some well deserved recognition.”

Councillor Taylor said: “The 4Uth awards are a celebration of young talent and achievement and we encourage anyone who thinks a young person they know has done something special to nominate them for this year’s award.”

Last year’s district winners were as follows:
Ashfield: Connor Sharman – has overcome significant personal problems and been a carer for loved ones in his family.

Bassetlaw: Ellie-May Bott – a tireless fundraiser for local charities who won Britain’s Junior Miss Eco award.

Broxtowe: Kaitlin Rose – overcame problems with cerebral palsy, including learning to walk again after an operation, in order to live a full and active life.

Gedling: Sam Watson – Young footballer who has overcome personal tragedy in his life and has played and trained at St George’s Park, the FA’s national football centre.

Mansfield: Ebony Pearson – a young carer who looks after both her parents and supports her brother alongside her academic studies.

Newark and Sherwood: Leah Pearson – A swimmer who does not let her condition, Elhers Danlos Syndrome, get in the way of succeeding in the pool.

Rushcliffe: Jacob Hill – Has OCD and depression but has succeeded academically, gained full-time employment and is very active at his local young people’s centre.

Kaitlin Rose was named as the county-wide winner of last year’s 4Uth award on the awards night after being selected by a judging panel.

For more details about the awards visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/4uth  and #4Uth

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