Search is on

THE search is on to nominate young high achievers for a series of awards.

Residents, firms and organisations are being invited to nominate young people in Hartlepool for the fourth annual The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Young People Awards.

Organised by Hartlepool Youth Parliament and supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, the accolades recognise the outstanding achievements of youngsters aged between seven to 19.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

l Courage;

l Young Person’s Champion;

l Back on Track – for young people who have turned their lives around;

l Entertainment;

l Outstanding Contribution to Youth Work;

l Academic Achievement;

l Environment;

l Sporting Success;

l Volunteering in the Community,

l Project of the Year – for a young person’s project which is making a major difference to the town.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, February 15.

Entries will be judged by a panel including Sally Robinson, the council’s assistant director of prevention, safeguarding and specialist services, Mark Smith, head of youth offending and extended services for children and young people, John Robinson, head of locality and family support services, and councillors Paul Thompson and Cath Hill.

The awards will be announced and presented on Friday, March 22.

Applications have been sent out to a range of groups and organisations but children and young people can also nominate each other.

Application forms and further information on the awards can be obtained by contacting Kimberley Bell on 01429 523900 or email kimberley.bell@hartlepool.gov.uk Alternatively, drop in to the one stop shop, Windsor Offices, Unit 24, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool.

Kimberley Bell, from the council’s integrated youth support service, said: “Young people are our future and it is so important to recognise the contribution they are making to our town.”