An annual awards event aimed at recognising and rewarding inspirational young people in the local area got underway this week.
North Ayrshire Rising Stars Awards celebrate the talents of young
people aged 18 and under who encourage others to follow in their
footsteps. The 2014 event will culminate with an awards ceremony in
Organisers would like to hear about special young people
who deserve to be commended for their achievements or contributions to
the community, such as a youth group that has helped to improve their
local area, a community champion who has inspired others or a popular
classmate who has overcome adversity to get on in life.
Ayrshire Council’s Youth Services team will shortlist the nominations
after the closing date on Friday, May 2nd. A judging panel will then
consider the final group of nominations and choose the winners.
are six categories: Creative Achievement; Sports Achievement;
Outstanding Contribution to the Community; Personal Achievements;
Outstanding Academic Achievement; and the Group/Club Award. In
addition, two special award winners will be decided by the judging
Nominations from those under 18 must be supported by an
adult, such as a teacher, social worker, youth worker or play worker who
knows the person or group. A signature from the supporting adult is
Young people can’t nominate themselves but can
nominate others, provided the nominees are of secondary school age up to
18 years. The application form provides a chance to explain why the
person being nominated should receive recognition in the North Ayrshire
Rising Stars Awards. Photos, videos, CDs or other examples of work can
also be submitted to support nominations.
Mary Docherty, Head of
Education at North Ayrshire Council, explained the reason for the
awards, “There are many inspirational young people out there who give us
good reason to be confident for our future. These enthusiastic and
committed individuals help to enrich the lives of those around them and
instil a strong sense of community spirit.
“This is an ideal opportunity to recognise and reward the very special young people we have among us.
would urge the residents of North Ayrshire to join us in showing
appreciation of our young people and their efforts by completing a
Forms are available here.