Three young GreenSquare residents have been honoured at this year's Community First awards, which recognise the amazing achievements of community volunteers, young people, and young carers in Wiltshire.
Now in their fourth year, the awards were initially set up by Youth Action Wiltshire, the ‘youth arm’ of Community First a local charity, to recognise young people in the community, and have since been extended to celebrate the achievements of volunteers and community groups across the county.
At this year's awards, GreenSquare resident Joe Draper, aged 17 from Calne, won the Project Inspire award, for his exceptional commitment, reliability and enthusiasm during the 'Inspire: Study Programme' – a development programme that helps young people to improve their skills, access work experience, and gain qualifications which are useful for the workplace and for further learning.
The Robbie Endeavour Award is presented annually 'to an exceptional young person who has helped others'. This year, GreenSquare residents Elley-May Timmins (aged 17 from Calne) and Kieran Major (aged 17 from Chippenham) jointly won the Robbie Endeavour trophy in recognition of their outstanding contribution and support of Youth Action Wiltshire's programmes.
Lynn Gibson, Community First Chief Executive, said: “We are proud of the support that we provide to young people in Wiltshire via our Splash and Youth Action Wiltshire programmes. The young people whose achievements we celebrated in our awards have been truly outstanding.”
Winners were presented with trophies and framed certificates at an award ceremony at Devizes Town Hall in October, by William Wyldbore-Smith, Vice-President of Community First.
Youth Action Wiltshire aims to improve the lives of young people in Wiltshire and Swindon and to support them to fulfil their potential and become valued members of their communities. It supports over 1,000 young people each year through ‘open access’ personal and social development programmes and, provides intensive support to over 400 young people from vulnerable groups.
GreenSquare has worked in partnership with Youth Action Wiltshire for several years and currently contributes funding towards support work with young carers and Project Inspire’s employability programme. This forms part of GreenSquare’s commitment to provide opportunities for young people living in its communities who are not in education, employment or training.
To find out more about Youth Action Wiltshire, visit www.youthactionwiltshire.org.