2013 National Awards winners
These are the 2013 vInspired National Awards winners.
Following our star-studded awards evening at Camden Roundhouse on March 26, these are the few that emerged as winners of the 2013 vInspired National Awards.
We are so proud of all that our young volunteers achieved. A huge congratulations to all of last year's winners - we hope to see you again this year!
All Round Commitment to Volunteering
Beth Carty, 18, Chester
Beth's frustration with the treatment of her younger sister, who has ADHD, inspired her to set up her own youth club for other sufferers. She created weekly sessions for young people with ADHD to try new sports and make new friends. The club now has a support group for families of young sufferers.
Best Young Volunteer
Amy May Knowles, 16, Cirencester
Amy May is the main carer for her mum, who has three complex illnesses. Despite this, she clocks up countless hours of volunteering in every month and even launched her own charity this year to raise awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She is also chairman of the Cirencester Youth Town Council, and as well as her school work she volunteers with a group to provide activities for disabled children, and another for young carers.
Bringing Communities Together
Eliza Rebeiro, 19, Croydon
Eliza was 13 when she was excluded from mainstream education and lost faith in her community. Following the stabbing of several friends at 14 years old, she realised this was not the life she wanted for herself or the young people around her, so set up Lives Not Knives. The project aims to prevent gang related violence in Croydon by running road shows in over 60 primary and secondary schools. The project has now expanded into the neighbouring borough of Bromley. She manages 20 mentors who are trained in listening skills, confronting conflict, sexual awareness, mentoring and befriending.
Most Outstanding NCS Team
The Padgate Team, Warrington
Following the tragic murder of a local man that had created huge community divisions, the Padgate team united locals in a good cause. They created a community fun day, asking for donations of food or clothes instead of an entrance fee. More than 130 people donated items for the shelter.
Outstanding Contribution By A Youth Worker
Linda Markey, 64, Fylde
During Linda's 30 year career in youth work, she has helped thousands of young people reach their potential through volunteering. Volunteering with young people helped her to overcome her divorce and, realising it was her perfect career, went to uni aged 50 and set up her own volunteering project, Fylde Coast Be Involved Youth Volunteering Project.
Epsom Phab, Epsom
Upon hearing that their youth club was going to be sold by the council, Epsom Phab decided to take a stand. They organised rallies, campaign tshirts and questioned councillors at council meetings all alongside their normal work providing activities and trips for the young people in their community. Their dedication resulted in the council agreeing to provide a new centre for the club.