Nominations open for the first Slough Youth Awards
Slough’s new library and cultural centre, The Curve, will open to the public one month from today. And one of the first events to be held at the new centre will be a special awards ceremony dedicated to young people who contribute to their community.
Slough’s flagship new cultural centre will finally open to the public on 2 September. The Curve will house a new central library, community learning rooms, the registrar services including a wedding room, a 280-seater performance and multi-use space, café and garden area.
And one of the first major events to be hosted at the £22m new building will be the Slough Youth Awards, an evening desigend to raise the profile of young people in a positive way by celebrating their achievements.
The awards are supported by Slough Youth Parliament, the council’s young people’s service, the YES consortium and Mars.
The showcase event on 3rd November will include live performances to demonstrate their talents.
Alaa Fawaz, 15, from Slough Youth Parliament, said:
“We hope the public, including schools and youth groups, will feel inspired to nominate young people for an award ensuring they receive the wider recognition their achievements deserve.”
Giovanni Ferri, a council youth worker, said:
“The Youth Parliament is proud to work with our partners to bring this exciting event to Slough, and celebrate the massive contributions young people make to our community. I am really looking forward to seeing the range of nominations submitted.”
Entry is free and should focus on a project or achievement from January 2014 to September 2016.
Young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities) who live in Slough can be nominated for one award. If you are nominating an informal group of young people, for example a project group, sports team or band, the group must meet the above age and residency criteria to qualify.
The categories include:
- Young artist award – for someone who has excelled in the arts or enriched the cultural life of Slough. The nominee might be a writer, poet, musician or band, film maker, visual artist or performer.
- Young environmentalist award – for someone who has started an eco-friendly project, supported a project, or made a significant contribution to the environment in their local area. For example, helping animals, planting trees, or getting involved in community clean-ups.
- Young inspiration award – for someone who has overcome a challenge, difficulty or disability, not let their situation hold them back in life and inspired others.
- Young entrepreneur award – for someone who has invented or created a product or been involved in a successful enterprise or business start up.
- Young sportsperson award – for someone who has excelled in sport or promoted a healthy lifestyle.
- Slough ambassador award – for someone who has made a positive contribution to Slough. This could include being a positive role model or promoting the town, making a significant contribution to improving perceptions of the town.
How to nominate
Visit the youth awards webpage to find out more or to nominate a young person using the online form.
The entry deadline is 5pm on 23rd September.