YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR
This award puts the spotlight on the remarkable young people in our borough who are making an impact.
The winner of this award could be a young person who has overcome personal difficulties and now helps others to make good choices; or someone who organises out-of-school activities to divert young people away from crime; or an outstanding apprentice.
The shortlisted finalists are:
Team Drum (Connie, Emma and Ellie) - WINNER
The pandemic did not stop the younger members of the DRUM Team! If they were not phoning members, delivering food shopping or doing online Zoom sessions, they were visiting their most vulnerable members to assist with cleaning, cooking and taking them on walks. Connie and Emma, both 25, have been at DRUM since they were teenagers and Emma, 22, joined the team early this year. All three are amazing, caring, delightful and strong young women who go above and beyond all expectations to make DRUM an enjoyable, fun, happy and caring environment for everyone.
Ami has been involved in gymnastics since she was 3 years old and coaching since the age of 13. Ami’s nomination is for the work she has been doing with children with additional needs. Prior to lockdown, Ami had shown at only 14 her ability to not just work but build strong relationships with these children based on trust. Lockdown was hard for everyone, however for the children with additional needs it was particularly hard. The gymnastics club also had to relocate to a new building and this meant a new environment for them to get used to. Ami has taken this in her stride and done everything to help the children settle in. This was done with love, patience and a smile. Ami is the epitome of what our young coaches and leaders should striving for.
Dean has volunteered at community vaccine clinics that Watford Council and the NHS have run since March 2021. He has been a fantastic team member and no task has been too much trouble. Dean also volunteered for the Watford Covid 19 support group. This included sorting food donations, packing them up to be distributed and then helped with delivering the food packages. He also helped with a community charity clothes appeal sorting through the hundreds of donations. Dean is an inspiring young man at only 16 and has given up so much of his time to help others in need.
At 14 Mollie was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, a rare facial pain condition that usually affects people above the age of 40. At 16 she was the youngest person in the UK to undergo neurosurgery to help this condition. Despite the severely painful condition she supported others with it, joining the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association and became a leader for the young persons support group. She has raised funds for both the TNA and the Stroke Association. AT the beginning of this year Mollie started at a healthcare assistant on a Covid ward at Watford General Hospital. Now 19, she has started her child nursing training at Birmingham University.