Winners help others get their voices heard

The Herts Youth Connexions awards
The Herts Youth Connexions awards

Six young people from Dacorum were among 50 youngsters from across the county who had their outstanding achievements recognised at the 2015 Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions Young People’s Awards.

Jessie, Shane, Sarah and Rhinnon, all aged 16, and Mitchell, 20, all from Hemel Hempstead, and Helen, aged 17, from Potten End, all won awards.

The awards, which took place at County Hall, Hertford, covered five categories – development in personal and social skills; commitment to volunteering and supporting other young people; contribution to the community; contribution to youth democracy; and resilience in overcoming challenges.

Timed to celebrate National Youth Work Week, the evening placed a strong emphasis on this year’s theme: Have Your Voice Heard.

The award winners illustrated the ways in which young people are helping to ensure their voices and those of their peers are heard.

Rhiannon, who won the award for development of personal and social skills, said: “I would like to start by saying thank you to Youth Connexions for everything they’ve done since the beginning. If it weren’t for the youth work team, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I love my new self and even now they are still helping me and giving me support.”

Jessie was recognised for her development and support to other young people.

She has become an ambassador for the young people at her project, representing their views to staff.

She is passionate about ensuring that bullying in all its forms is addressed.