It’s the final chance to submit your nominations for Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year 2019.
Lancashire’s High Sheriff Tony Attard is encouraging applications involving young people who have put others first. You have until 31 January to get your nominations in.
He said: “I have been immensely impressed by the contribution young people make to our society. It is therefore important that this work which is often carried out or instigated by modest young people is recognised and rewarded.
“If you know someone who you think has made a real difference to their community then please complete an application and let us hear about it. The application can be for any positive contribution to local life – fundraising, helping or caring for people (within or without their family), or being very thoughtful, kind or brave in some way. Not everyone can win the prize, but nominations will give the opportunity for each young person to be congratulated.”
“I look forward to lots of nominations and reading about some terrific achievements that our young people are involved with in Lancashire.”
The awards take place every year and involve the High Sheriff inviting applications to find a young person, ideally aged up to age 21, who has helped either their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.
The University of Central Lancashire is sponsoring this year’s awards and is also reminding people to submit nominations. Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) Joel Arber said: “We are delighted to once again sponsor the Young Citizen of the Year Awards, which celebrate young people who truly make a difference in their communities. The University prides itself on being an institution that supports people to achieve their potential and we look forward to hearing some inspirational stories about the amazing nominees. If you know someone deserving of this fantastic accolade, now is the chance to shout about their achievements.
Winners and runners up are selected by the High Sheriff and a panel of judges from the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC), Lancashire Constabulary, the University of Central Lancashire and the former High Sheriff Rodney Swarbrick, who initiated the award.
Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Andy Rhodes, said: “It’s always a privilege to hear about so many inspiring young people, who are shaping our future. They may not even recognise the difference they’re making, so the Young Citizen Awards is great opportunity for us to thank and celebrate them.”
All finalists will be invited to attend a presentation at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters in March 2019 where the winner will receive £500 along with a specially commissioned trophy and certificate from the High Sheriff and Chief Constable Andy Rhodes.
The scheme is being administered by the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) charity on behalf of the High Sheriff and the closing date for nominations is 31st January 2019.
Two runners up will also receive £100 and a certificate.
Approval of a parent or guardian is needed for the nomination, subsequent publicity and any future events involving the finalists.
Application forms can be completed online at www.lanpac.co.uk. For more information contact Al Yusuf or Emma Bone from LANPAC on 01772 412796.