Praise for Fenland’s youngsters

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FENLAND young people have been recognised for their hard work at a county council awards ceremony.

The Youthoria awards are organised by Cambridgeshire young people to celebrate the achievements of young people through youth work.

This year’s celebration was hosted by the Ramsey Sawtry Yaxley team and took place at the Chaos Youth Centre in Ramsey.

Elm and Friday Bridge Youth Club won the Positive Image of Young People Award for an 18-hour ‘stay-up’ they did to raise money for charity Families Against Neuroblastoma.

They developed their teamwork and communication skills through doing the set tasks throughout the night.

Some of them even got to do things for the first time, such as making a pancake.

A total of £261.74 was raised for FAN.

The Neale-Wade Girls Group won the Youth Work Integrated Working Award.

The group was formed in May following a number of requests for support for girls at the March secondary school.

It has approximately 15 regular members, all of who are currently in year 8 and have various issues such as low self confidence, poor social skills, behavioural issues and issues around bullying.

The group is run by youth workers and its main focus is for the girls to be educated in an informal way which is fun and enjoyable.

Ashton Quince won the Wisbech Locality’s Young Person’s Contribution to Youth Work award.

He was nominated for his “significant positive contribution to youth work within the Wisbech locality”.

Ashton has been involved in a massive range of youth projects, including taking part in the sponsored ‘stay-up’ with Elm and Friday Bridge Youth Club.

He is also a core member of ‘The Beginners’, a band formed from the Jammin Project at the Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech.

Group Vibrant, made up of seven members from Wisbech, March and Chatteris, won the Youth Bank Fenland award.

They went to the U project at Grafham Water Centre where they identified an area which was in the public eye but very run down.

They came up with the idea of creating a graffiti wall to promote the centre to other young people but to also make the area nicer to look at.

Vibrant, which is made up of members Scott Pack, Aiden Cullen, Melanie Tharme, Leigh Dawson, Georgia Maalouf, Tamla Alvin and Michelle Ewart, were awarded a £7,000 grant to cover all of the costs and worked really hard to produce a wall which was 148 feet long.