Search is on for Hartlepool’s young unsung heroes

FLASHBACK: Last year's 'The Future's Bright, The Future's Young People Awards' winners.

FLASHBACK: Last year's 'The Future's Bright, The Future's Young People Awards' winners.

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THE search is on to find the very best of Hartlepool’s young citizens.

Residents, organisations, firms and parents are invited to nominate young people in the town for the 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 townspeople aged 7-19 and those aged 7-25 who have additional needs.

The categories are:

l Courage;

l Young Person’s Champion;

l Back on Track – for a young person who has shown enormous strength of character by making positive choices when faced with a turning point in their life;

l Entertainment;

l Fundraising;

l Outstanding Contribution to Youth Work;

l Academic Achievement;

l Sporting Success;

l Volunteering in the Community;

l Project of the Year – for a group of young people who have shown commitment in supporting their local community and shown dedication and passion towards their project.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, February 13.

Entries will be judged by a panel including members of the Youth Parliament and the awards will be announced and presented at a ceremony on Friday, March 20, in the Borough Hall on the Headland.

Hartlepool Youth Parliament Member Farah Razzaq said: “Young people in Hartlepool are doing lots of good things and making a big contribution to their town through a wide range of activities in the local community.

“We hope as many people as possible will send in their nominations so that we can celebrate these unsung heroes.”

Councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of then council’s Children’s Services Committee, added: “Our young people are indeed the future of our town and it’s important that their achievements are recognised and they are encouraged through events like this.

“I have no doubt there are many impressive and inspiring stories to be uncovered and I would urge people to play their part by nominating a young person who they feel has made an outstanding contribution.”

For more details and a nomination form, visit: www.hartlepool.gov.uk/youthawards or call Helen White on (01429) 523422 or email: helen.white@hartlepool.gov.uk