The 12th March 2014 was a special day for young people in Mid Glamorgan who received recognition for their hard work in the Community from the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Mr Rory McLaggan.
ACC Williams, High Sheriff Rory McLaggan and Police & Crime Commissioner Alun Michael
The event was held at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in Pencoed and attended by dignitaries from aross the County of Mid Glamorgan including ACC Julian Williams, the Deputy Mayor and youth Mayor of Bridgend County Borough and Janice Gregory AM.
The speaker for the evening was Police & Crime Commissioner for South Wales, Alun Michael, who praised the young award winners for their hard work and commitment to their communities. He also spoke of the importance of early intervention to prevent youth offending.
Awards were made to individuals and groups under the age of 21 who live in one of the three Boroughs of Mid Glamorgan. The winners were:
First prize was awarded to Jenna Claridge who received an award of £250
Jenna was nominated by Janice Watkins Youth Worker and is described as a caring and responsible young woman. She became involved with Services for Young People at the age of just 13. She fights for the rights of young people in the community, consulting with them and adults about provision in her area.
As a result of her commitment to this she was selected RCT Youth Mayor in 2013. She persuaded Youth Forum members to become part of “Our Rights Project” which has raised the profile of young people in her area, and given them a voice to feedback to RCT Council Cabinet on issues of concern to them.
Jenna Claridge also received the pivotal award of the evening – the High Sheriff Cup, which is held for one year. The Cup was presented by Alun Michael, Police & Crime Commissioner.
Second Prize went to Angharad Roberts who received a prize of £200 – nominated by Alexandra Clarke
Angharad is studying at college and yet still finds the time to undertake extensive volunteering work with a local girls’ club where she supports year 6 pupils with the transition to comprehensive school. She also volunteers with Barnardo’s and Y Bont in Bridgend, at their Saturday club for autistic children.
To support her college studies, Angharad takes evening classes in British Sign Language and extra tuition in communication skills to enhance her work with disabled children and has undertaken work placements with main stream and special schools. Her ambition is to become a children’s nurse.
Third Prize of £150 was awarded to Josh Stephens – nominated by Kevin Reeves
Josh became involved in a building skills project at a local primary and was so enthused by the project that he took the initiative to another borough primary school, creating a castle and train for their outdoor learning area, a great asset to the school.
Two Highly Commended awards were made with prizes of £100 each:
Joshua Price a highly valued member of the 415 Merthyr Tydfil cadet squadron who always goes the extra mile, volunteering to help with parades, civic activities, events and sports competitions. In addition he has helped raise many thousands of pounds for Wings and Poppy appeals.
Corey Mead of Mountain Ash Comprehensive School who is currently undertaking his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme Gold Medal level and a member of the St John’s Ambulance Service. As their Regional Representative he attended the St John’s Ambulance Conference in Australia for which he had to raise money to fund the trip.
First Prize of £500 was awarded to Fast Cafes – nominated Mark Holmes of Groundwork
A group of four young people set up a mobile catering unit on a not for profit basis. Their hard work enables any profit made to be fed back into the Groundwork Youth Centre to pay for activities and trips.
This has been an extensive project which has included producing a business plan and gaining from Wales Co-op and SEWCED (South East Wales Community Economic Development programme)
During their second year they started building their enterprise and taking their mobile catering to such events as local fetes, carnivals and music festivals. This has been a huge success and 12 other young people are now involved in the enterprise.
Highly Commended group awards went to:
Bridgend Young Carers which recognises the amazing job young people do to help care for a mother, father or a sibling who is disabled, ill, elderly or suffering with mental health issues
Mountain Ash Bike Group, a group of pupils from Mountain Ash Comprehensive School who have come together to help children from Cwm Cynon Hospital
The Youth Community Awards commenced in 2008 and are held annually.