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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Making a difference awards salute achievements of young Cumbrians

The talents and achievements of young people in west Cumbria have been celebrated at an awards ceremony.

Allerdale awards photo
The audience applaud their peers at the Allerdale Celebrating Youth event

Lakes College West Cumbria welcomed more than 20 groups and individuals who had been nominated for making a positive difference to the lives of youngsters and communities across Allerdale.

The youngsters being honoured at the event last night - Allerdale Celebrating Youth - were between 11 and 24 years old.

Nominees included Workington fire cadet Shannon McKenzie; Cockermouth Explorer Scouts; and Girls Allowed, a group of 13-16 year old girls from Wigton Youth Station who have looked to tackle issues affecting youngsters in the town.

Two winners – one for groups and another for individuals – were revealed last night.

They were Blooming Youth, a group of 12-18 year olds from Wigton who do gardening for old or disabled people, and young carer Ellie Ryan.

Winners received £100 and all nominees were presented with a certificate. The money is to contribute towards their youth activities.

Last night’s event was organised and hosted by members of the Allerdale Youth Council, one of six youth council panels in Cumbria.

Joseph Richardson, a member of Allerdale Youth Council, said: “Through my work with the youth council I've been able to see the great work that young people across the district do on a daily basis.

The event has been a great chance for these young people to get the recognition and reward they deserve."

Susan Hodkin, Cumbria County Council’s youth service delivery lead for Allerdale and Copeland, said: “Everyone involved had a wonderful evening and it was great to see so many groups and individuals who, although young themselves, make a massive positive difference to the lives of other young people across Allerdale.

“Allerdale Youth Council put a tremendous amount of time and effort into organising the event and it really paid off.

“So many young people do so much good work in their families and communities and it was fantastic to see some of them recognised in this way.”

Yesterday’s event was part of Cumbria County Council’s Celebrating Youth initiative, a three-year scheme aimed at highlighting the activities young people can get involved in and recognising the contribution children and teenagers make to their local communities.

It is supported by a number of other organisations including Young Cumbria, Inspira and Creative Futures Cumbria.

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