Young people were the focus of a special award ceremony at Rutland County Council, celebrating outstanding achievement and services to the local community.
The annual Young People’s Awards are organised by Rutland Youth Council (RYC) and aim to recognised and reward individual achievements among children of secondary school age.
A total of 15 young people were shortlisted for this year’s awards, including students from Catmose College, Uppingham Community College, Rutland County College and Oakham School.
Following an opening address by Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People Coun Richard Foster (Con), and introductions by Heather Newton, chairman of Rutland Youth Council, winners and runners up were announced for each of the three awards categories:
Benefitting the Community winner: Tim Amor, 18, Rutland County College
Tim gives up his time championing the needs of young people across a variety of mental health forums, from the Leicestershire Partnerships Trust Evolving Minds group to the more local Rutland County College Mental Health forum. Tim has recently been involved in making a film with Healthwatch to raise awareness of the issues and pressures that young people face. He also strives to provide a voice to improve CAMHS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service).
Runner Up: Yasmeen Abdul-Rahim, 20
Overcoming Adversity: winner Tyrie Quartey, 14
Tyrie has been a young carer since the age of three, having helped to support his mother following a spinal injury for the past 11 years.
Tyrie starts and finishes his day caring for his mother and undertaking household chores. He is never known to complain about his situation and uses his experiences of being a young carer to support his fellow peers.
In school he is a nominated befriender for other young people who struggle with friendships.
Runner Up: William Wood, 14, Uppingham Community College
Participation winner: Tim Amor
Tim faces an ongoing battle with his mental health and uses his experiences to promote change for all young people, as well as raising awareness amongst the wider community. Tim is involved in the Evolving Minds group and Rutland County College Mental Health Forum. His participation in these groups has been invaluable and he has not missed a session. Tim manages the group’s Twitter page, which reaches out to more young people and provides a platform for their voices to be heard. Tim continuously seeks to gather the views of young people in order to create positive change.
Runner Up: Anya Loomes, 19.
Speaking after the awards, Coun Richard Foster said: “It’s been a fantastic evening celebrating the achievements of some of our most dedicated and committed young people.
“Everyone nominated as part of the awards can feel extremely proud and fully deserve the recognition they have received. Congratulations to the Youth Council on a brilliant event.”
As part of the Young People’s Awards, Rutland Youth Council presented details of their work to assembled guests, including parents and professionals who work with young people. There was also a raffle to raise money for the Youth Council’s chosen charity, LOROS Hospice, and an overview of various groups who have been supported by the RYC’s ‘Small Grants Fund’ in the past 12 months.
Heather Newton said: “The celebration event was a great success, providing the Youth Council with the opportunity to showcase the work that we have been involved in during the past year.
“It also provided opportunity to see the real impact the small grants fund has had to its recipients and tonight’s event saw fantastic presentations from them all.
“A fantastic night all round, that we are all very proud to be a part of.”