Camden Youth Awards celebrate inspirational young people

The Camden Youth Awards last night (Thursday) celebrated the success of young people’s achievements and their ability to overcome barriers but also the fantastic work of our youth support services and voluntary sector partners.

The Inspirational Young Person of the Year was Paul Young, 18, who also won the Personal Journey Award. Paul has suffered with mental health issues and used his experiences of services to make a video, with the Anna Freud Centre, to highlight his coping mechanisms. He did this to help other young people.

Paul not only appeared in this film but was involved in all aspects of the production. He was nominated by the Camden Connexions service. He is a carer for his mum and supports her as much as he can while also working as a part-time events steward.

Last year Camden’s youth support services worked with 5,701 young people across the borough, with more than 800 young people achieving accreditations such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Arts Awards and Sports Leaders qualifications. Projects run by the Council and our voluntary sector partners support young people and develop their confidence, enabling them to gain skills, knowledge and experiences to help them become independent and active citizens.

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