Does your community project deserve recognition throughout the county and a £1,000 funding boost?

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Does your community project deserve recognition throughout the county and a £1,000 funding boost?

Those are the prizes on offer in the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards 2012, which celebrate the achievements of young people.

The awards, in association with the Eastern Daily Press, shine a light on the good work of people aged 11 to 18.

The winner of each of the nine categories, listed below, will receive a £1,000 prize to help them fulfil their ambitions with their project, and will be put forward for the overall winner of winners category.

Last year, the Community Support Award went to a pair of teenagers from Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, whose innovative idea helped to turn around perceptions of young people in their area.

Charlie Dinsdale and Witney Catchpole, then aged 17 and 16, were the driving force behind the Shelter a Hoodie project in the village.

Older residents had made complaints about youngsters creating noise and having nowhere they could go to meet – so Charlie and Witney did something about it.

The two clubbed together with friends and raised £9,500 in just four months to fund a teen shelter in Carlton Meadow Park, off Lowestoft Road.

The shelter is somewhere warm and dry young people can meet and socialise all year round without disturbing other members of the community.

Judges last year praised the enthusiasm and determination Charlie and Witney had shown, which has also been reflected in a number of other regional awards for inspirational youngsters.

The Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, now in their fourth year, aim to find and reward bright young stars from Norfolk and Suffolk in categories ranging from culture and bravery to young farmers and charity volunteers.

For more information about the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards 2012, see the website at

All nine awards are open to both individuals and groups, and people can either enter themselves or nominate others.

Entrants must be aged 11 to 18 and live in Norfolk or Suffolk. Entries should show the entrant’s achievements and why they are exceptional.

If nominating somebody else you must have their permission and, if under 18, the permission of their parent or guardian. You can enter by filling out a form at, uploading a video on the youth awards website or downloading a form from the website and sending it to Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, c/o Shorthose Russell Ltd, 12 Meridian Way, Meridian Business Park, Norwich, NR7 0TA.

Video entries must be no bigger than 10MB and no longer than three minutes.

The closing date for entries is July 20, 2012. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to an awards evening on Tuesday, October 30.

For more information visit the website, follow the awards on Twitter at @BMYouthAwards or telephone 01603 706566.

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  • It's a pity that BM does not recognise it Employees in the same light

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