Young people are among first to receive award

Recieving Their Youth Voice Awards are back L-R Georgia Wren, 14, of Rossington, Keeley Twicross, 14, of Scawthorpe, Leah Wren, 17, of Rossington, Serena Pearce, 17, of Wheatley, Jasmine Womack, 15, of Bessacarr, and Amelia Donald, 15, of Adwick-le-Street. Front L-R are Ashlea-Ann Osborne, 17, of Skellow, Jacob Wroot, 16, of Dunsville, and Heather Doherty, 16, of Rossington. Picture: Liz Mockler D1137LM
Recieving Their Youth Voice Awards are back L-R Georgia Wren, 14, of Rossington, Keeley Twicross, 14, of Scawthorpe, Leah Wren, 17, of Rossington, Serena Pearce, 17, of Wheatley, Jasmine Womack, 15, of Bessacarr, and Amelia Donald, 15, of Adwick-le-Street. Front L-R are Ashlea-Ann Osborne, 17, of Skellow, Jacob Wroot, 16, of Dunsville, and Heather Doherty, 16, of Rossington. Picture: Liz Mockler D1137LM

A GROUP of Doncaster students awarded the Youth Voice Award are among the UK’s first ever recipients of the nationally accredited prize.

The eight students, aged between 14 – 19, form part of Doncaster Youth Council and were presented with their award at a special ceremony on Saturday by Coun John McHale.

The award was developed by the British Youth Council with support from The Co-operative Group which, as part of its commitment to inspiring young people, provided bursaries enabling young people from across the UK to complete the nationally recognised accreditation.

Award recipient Amelia Donald, 15, who represents North Doncaster said: “Doing the Youth Voice Award has helped me evaluate the work that I do with the Youth Council - I get to meet with more young people from my area and hear their opinions and, I believe that it has helped me to become more confident and professional.”

And, 16 year-old Ashlea Osborne, continued: “At the beginning of this award I was quite nervous. I’ve always been a ‘loud ‘person but I was lacking in self-confidence. I have since gained self-confidence and learned more about my community and, how to work better as part of a team. As a result, I now want to do even more in the community.”

More information about the Youth Council and the Youth Voice award, visit www.byc.org.uk