Nominate an outstanding young person

Published: 12 December 2018

Do you know an outstanding young person? Nominate them for the 2019 Wandsworth Young Person of the Year award.

The award, now in its 27th year, honours young people who deserve recognition for their achievements, courage, generous attitude or ability to overcome difficult personal circumstances. This could include

  • outstanding achievement in education, sport or the arts
  • making a major contribution to their school or local community
  • overcoming difficulties or setbacks to achieve their goals and/or
  • acts of good citizenship or contribution to community safety

The 2018 overall winner Harini Thiruchelvam volunteers for three hours each week at an animal re-homing centre run by Cats Protection. She also helps out at a horse riding school for one day a week and has recently started work as a veterinary assistant once a week. For the past five years she has volunteered at a library on a reading support programme and is a mentor to younger students at Graveney School.

Individual winners get up to £500, plus a trophy for the overall winner. The Group Award will give funding of up to £100 for a group carrying out voluntary work in their own time.

The award is open to young people who had not reached their 19th birthday on September 1st 2018, and either live or attend a school or college in the borough.  To nominated someone you must be over 18, and parent or carer consent of the nominee is also required.

The council’s spokesman for children and young people, Cllr Sarah McDermott, said:

“Too often young people do not get the recognition they deserve. There are many teenagers in our borough who care for relatives, work tirelessly for charity, play and active part in their community and overcome adversity to succeed. If you know a young person like this, I urge you to nominate them and let them know their efforts are not gong unnoticed.”

The Award is run and funded by the Young Person of the Year Trustees with Wandsworth Youth Service and is sponsored by The Wandsworth Group of Rotary Clubs and the Wandsworth Community Safety Trust.

Find out more and nominate online

The closing date for entries is February 17, 2019