Notts Teens Scoop Top National Award
A group of young people from Nottinghamshire, who endured arduous overnight weather conditions in a sleep-out to raise awareness of homelessness in the county, have just had their huge efforts recognised by winning a national award. The twelve teenagers scooped the National Citizen Service (NCS) award at the prestigious 2017 Children & Young People Now Awards ceremony.
Last March, as part of their continued involvement with NCS as part of Nottinghamshire’s NCS regional youth board, the group took part in Framework’s Big Snore sleep-out in Mansfield, recording temperatures as low as minus four degrees during the night. Prior to their overnight adventure, the young people had raised over £1,000 to help tackle homelessness in the region, as well as raising awareness of homelessness via social media, reaching nearly 37,500 people on Twitter and Facebook.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have won!” said Annie Mae Wright, aged 17 and studying A-levels at Southwell Minster School. “It’s a great honour to be recognised like this, but winning also means we’ve been given another platform to talk again about homelessness in our region.”
Annie Mae also helped organise the NCS fundraising group, which held a bake sale, sponsored car wash and sing-along to raise money for Framework prior to the sleep out.
“Our regional youth board really went the extra mile to raise money and awareness for homelessness, and I am delighted they have been selected as very worthy winners of this award,” said Charlee Oldham, Graduate Manager from youth service provider Ingeus, which coordinates NCS in the region. “As a team, they worked very hard and their commitment was very clear. They made their mark back in March, and it’s great that they have now been nationally recognised for their efforts. I’m delighted for them!”
The Children & Young People Now Awards are the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families. Now in their twelfth year, they provide a great source of pride and recognition for all those who strive day in, day out, to improve the lives of others.
Laura Gibbons, Director of Partnerships at the NCS Trust, who sponsor the award, added, “To win this category is no mean feat. The young people must demonstrate strong teamwork, social mixing and community involvement through an inspiring social action project. The Ingeus group did this in abundance and, through winning this award, they continue to highlight the issues around homelessness. Where great work is taking place, we absolutely want to recognise and celebrate that. I congratulate them for all they have achieved and look forward to hearing more about the youth board’s continued individual successes in their transition into adulthood.”
The NCS regional youth board is run by Ingeus, a leading provider of NCS, offering employability and skills programmes for young people to help them realise their full potential for both work and life.
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