The UK Youth Showcase and Awards took place on the 13th November at Central Hall Westminster. The first event of its kind, it showcased the achievements of young people, youth workers and youth organisations from across the UK Youth network.
APM are proud partners of UK Youth, championing and supporting the important work happening to enable young people to build bright futures – and we were there to see first-hand some of the great programmes available, as well as meeting the inspirational people delivering and benefiting from the programmes.
Hosted by Anna Smee, UK Youth Chief Executive, with Awards hosted by Leto Dietrich, the event was also attended by HRH The Princess Royal, Nigel Mansell CBE, Lady Anny Stoneham MBE, as well as fellow partners Coca-Cola, Starbucks, and Shout Out UK. Together with the UK Youth team, including their youth board, we celebrated the amazing stories of all the nominees and winners.
Youth Organisation of the Year – Wigan Youth Zone
Wigan Youth Zone were selected by the judges as they demonstrated a significant impact on the local area. Based in an area with increased numbers of children with special educational needs, higher than the national average levels of children living in poverty and unemployment, they have an extensive reach with 4,500 members and 85% of the young people accessing their employability programmes moving into education, training or employment.
Youth Worker of the Year – Cheryl Banks
Cheryl was selected by the judges as she always goes above and beyond to support the young people in her community and does whatever it takes to ensure young people receive the support they need. Her dedication has led her to turn down promotions as she feels her time is better spent in the actual delivery work where she can make the most difference.
Young Person of the Year – Kerrie McKenzie
Kerry was selected by the judges as she has achieved personal success despite being a young carer and being the main bill payer in her household. She got a distinction at college, was named student of the year and secured a place at Birmingham University after previously struggling in the formal education system due to undiagnosed ADHD, having caring responsibilities for her brother who has severe autism, and supporting her mum with her mental health conditions.
Over the past year UK Youth: