Time is running out to nominate inspiring young people and youth champions for special awards

The 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, with host, Anna Williamson. The winners of the Arts Award, the Diss Corn Hall Arts Award Group. Picture: Denise Bradley. The 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, with host, Anna Williamson. The winners of the Arts Award, the Diss Corn Hall Arts Award Group. Picture: Denise Bradley.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Inspirational young people and youth champions are set to be celebrated at a special awards ceremony - and people have just a week left to submit nominations.

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The Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, in association with the Eastern Daily Press, are now in their sixth year.

This year’s categories include bravery, sport, community, food and farming, arts, charity and education categories, and each award has a £1,000 prize. They are all open to 11- to 18-year-olds living in Norfolk and Suffolk, both groups and individuals, and young people can either enter themselves or be nominated by somebody else. There is also a Hero Award which gives young people the opportunity to recognise an adult who in their eyes is a real young people’s champion. The prize for this award is a special trophy. The 2014 awards winners will be revealed in a ceremony on October 28 at Open, in Norwich, and the event will feature entertainment by young performers from youth arts centre The Garage.

The closing date for BMYA entries is Friday, August 22 at 5pm. For more information, visit www.bmyouthawards.com, call 01603 706566 or follow @bmyouthawards on Twitter.

The Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, in association with the Eastern Daily Press, look to honour young people from Norfolk and Suffolk who are achieving great things and to help them further their ambitions and aspirations with a £1,000 prize in each category. The deadline for nominations and entries for this year’s awards is Friday, August 22.

Now in their sixth year, last year’s awards saw Ellie Bea Hitchcock-Wyatt, from Norwich, crowned the 2013 Bernard Matthews Young Person of the Year after also winning the education category for co-founding anti-bullying social enterprise Bullying Stinkz.

Some of the other 2013 winners included Diss Corn Hall Arts Award Group, which scooped the arts prize for their film and exhibition work to promote the town’s Heritage Triangle, and Leigh Walter, from Lowestoft, who won the community award for his commitment to bringing young people together through the urban sport parkour.

Leigh, 19, said: “I was shocked and proud to win, and my award money is going towards expanding and trying to teach more young people parkour and free running.”

The 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, with host, Anna Williamson. The winner of the Community Award, Leigh Walter. Picture: Denise BradleyThe 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, with host, Anna Williamson. The winner of the Community Award, Leigh Walter. Picture: Denise Bradley

He added: “Nominating people for the Youth Awards is a great way to show people what they are doing is special - if they are like me they won’t realise what they are doing is special.”

Young people can also nominate adults for a hero award, for which the prize is a special trophy.

Last year’s hero award winners were Clare Lincoln, from Sprowston Youth Engagement Project and Sprowston Teen Café, and Jo Bivens, from the Children’s Coach, who was nominated by the organisation’s Gorleston-based Young Mentors (previously Student Coaches).

Clare said: “I felt quite touched. I don’t do what I do for a reward but being recognised was a really nice feeling and meant a lot. I think the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards as a whole is a really good thing for how it celebrates young people.”

The 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, with host, Anna Williamson. Joint winners of the Hero Award, Jo Bivens and Clare Lincoln, with the youngsters who nominated them. Picture: Denise BradleyThe 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, with host, Anna Williamson. Joint winners of the Hero Award, Jo Bivens and Clare Lincoln, with the youngsters who nominated them. Picture: Denise Bradley

Jo said: “It was a real honour to be acknowledged in the first year of the hero award, especially because it was the young people that I work with who filled in the nomination form.

“It was also brilliant to see the wonderful work and achievements of young people celebrated at the awards and fantastic to be a part of it.”

• For more information, visit www.bmyouthawards.com, call 01603 706566 or follow @bmyouthawards on Twitter.

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