Wandsworth Young Person of the Year Award

The Young Person of the Year Award honours young people in Wandsworth who deserve recognition for their achievement, courage, generous attitude or ability to overcome difficult personal circumstances.

The award happens every spring with certificates, trophies and prizes presented by the Mayor of Wandsworth at a special dinner in the Civic Suite.

Wandsworth Young Person of the Year is run by the Trustees and Wandsworth Council with sponsorship from The Keen Group, The Wandsworth Group of Rotary Clubs and Wandsworth Community Safety Trust. 

How to qualify

To qualify, you must be:

  • Under 19 (from 1 September 2016)
  • Living or studying in Wandsworth Borough.

What awards are there?

There are three different awards:

  1. The individual awards
  2. Group award
  3. Grant funding

The individual award

This award is worth up to £500 and is given for:

  1. Outstanding achievement in education, sports or the arts
  2. Making a major contribution to your school or local community
  3. Overcoming difficulties or setbacks
  4. Contribution to community safety

One overall winner is chosen by the Trustees to be the "Wandsworth Young Person of The Year".

Group award

This award is up to £100, for young people who have carried out voluntary work.

Grant funding

This award is up to £500, to help a young person or a group build on existing achievement and reach their next goal. 

How to nominate 

The nomination period for the 2017 Wandsworth Young Person of the Year Award is now open. The closing date for entries is Sunday 12 February 2017.

Include as much information in your nomination as possible and give specific examples about why the young person or group you are nominating are exceptional and deserving of an award or grant. You should write a minimum of 300 and no more than 500 words.

Make your nomination online

Examples nominations

  • Mia won the Young Person of the Year Award and £500 for promoting LGBT awareness in her school, mentoring younger students and taking part in National campaigns.
  • The Police Cadets won a Group Award and £100 for their voluntary work in the community including running knife and crime awareness workshops.
  • Baily an Army Cadet won the Community Safety awards and £100 for charity work, mentoring and teaching young people and helping divert them from crime.
  • Alex won the Rotary Award and £300 for chairing the Youth Council , ensuring young peoples voices are heard with the police and Council and running confidence building workshops.
  • Emily won the overcoming adversity award and £250 for setting up a project in Tooting Hub to integrate and support young people with disabilities into mainstream youth provision and she does disability awareness education sessions with the NHS and other staff.
  • Rachel won the Young Person of the Year Award and £500 for turning her life around, training in construction and starting s women into construction course. She then educated women overseas.

Previous winners

Highlights of the 2012 awards ceremony