London,
23
February
2015
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10:32
Europe/London

Youth awards recognise young people’s achievements

Exceptional young people had their achievements recognised at the annual Camden Youth Awards, held at the Camden Centre.

Several award winners had overcome adversity - including serious illness, fleeing persecution in their home country and learning English as a second language - to achieve success at school and college, as well as gaining Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, volunteering in their community or raising money for charity.

This year Camden’s youth service received over 50 nominations for the individual awards from across young people’s services. Entries were judged by a panel of young people.

Camden’s youth service has worked with over 4,500 young people across the borough over the past year - with around 830 young people achieving nationally recognised awards and qualifications. These include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, AQA Arts Awards and Sports Leaders qualifications. Youth programmes and projects in Camden help young people to increase their confidence and skills.

Councillor Georgia Gould, Camden’s Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “This evening was about celebrating the amazing achievements of our young people - some of whom have overcome huge obstacles to make a success of their own lives and help others. I think everyone at the event left feeling inspired by the talent, generosity and spirit of young people in Camden.

“Our youth service works with over 4,500 young people from all backgrounds to help them make more of their free time, as well as improve their confidence, skills and wellbeing.

“Thank you to all the young people, our partners and all the staff and volunteers for their continuous hard work and support. We are really lucky here to have such committed youth workers who go out of their way time and again for young people.”

For more information about youth services in Camden visit www.camden.gov.uk/youth