Young people and the youth workers or volunteers who support them had their achievements recognised at the Camden Youth Awards 2019.
Organised by Camden Council’s youth service, the awards recognised exceptional young people and those who support them.
There were 10 individual awards for young people and four group awards for youth projects and organisations. This year’s event on 19 March 2019 was hosted for the first time at Camden House, in Camden Market.
Camden Youth MP Athian Akec, who attended, said: "There's simply nothing like growing up in Camden. Camden's future would not be as bright without its young people and the youth workers who help to turn their talents into reality."
Individual Camden Youth Award winners
Personal Journey Award – Hannah Maxwell-Lynch
For showing courage in overcoming personal challenges, including being a carer to her father after losing her mother.
Hannah is a talented musician, who plays the piano, guitar and flute, is in the top set in maths as well as science, plays for the school in most sports and has just been made captain of the school dodgeball and table tennis team. She's a regular at Coram's Fields Youth Centre which she loves attending.
Young Volunteer Award – India Cummin
India starting attending the girls-only programme at Somers Town Youth Centre aged 14. Her confidence grew and she started volunteering and leading the girls’ group. She has developed her skills and volunteered as a boxing coach at Somers Town and continues to actively encourage and engage young men and women.
Art and Culture Award – Amelia Tolga
Amelia has attended a dance and / or a drama course as part of Camden Summer University (CSU) for several years. Last summer she successfully completed and performed in CSU’s most testing drama course with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and has since decided to apply to drama college.
Adult Volunteer Award – Ruhul Amin
Ruhul has given 10 years and 3,000 volunteering hours to Somers Town Youth Centre and the community. He introduced the idea of international volunteering to staff and young people – raising over £100,000.
This project has taken 60 young people into global destinations, including Brazil, South Africa and Bangladesh. He is currently leading a group of young people to raise money for another international volunteering project.
Positive Role Model Award – Shahidur Rahman
Shahidur has demonstrated strength and courage when faced with challenges and difficult situations. He remained focused and committed to finding an apprenticeship. He’s also helped organise a community BBQ with a focus on local homeless people.
Sport and Physical Activity Award – Olivia Gilbert
Olivia plays football for Camden School for Girls, Camden Youth FC Under 13s and Arsenal FC’s player development programme. She is a school PE ambassador and participates in a range of clubs, including netball and trampolining, as well as representing her school in sporting competitions, including cricket and football.
Apprenticeship Award – Adele Butler
Over the last two years, Adele has shown great determination in seeking employment. She decided she wanted to learn a trade and with the help of the Council's detached youth work team and King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre, she’s successfully applied for a Camden apprenticeship and is now working and studying to be a plumber.
Inspirational Young Person Award – Maruf Ahmed
Since Maruf joined Regent High School in Year 7, he has always had a smile on his face, despite the issues he faces daily with his physical disability. Maruf has never allowed his disability to hinder anything he puts his mind to and is an inspiration to all students in Year 9 and the entire student body at Regent High School.
Supporting Vulnerable Young People Award
King's Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (KCBNA) Film Project. Young people in partnership with youth workers made a film highlighting their concerns around knife crime. Some of the young people who participated were related to or knew young men who were fatally stabbed.
Best Practice, Health and Wellbeing
Bare Peas (Wac Arts). Bare Peas is an inclusive, interactive video game designed to tackle obesity for young people with disabilities and other young people who struggle to engage with physical activity.
Youth Volunteering Project
Peer Education led by Fitzrovia Youth in Action. The Camden Peer Education Project supported young volunteers in youth clubs and schools across Camden to design and deliver awareness workshops about issues of concern. 130 young volunteers took part and delivered 17 campaigns on issues such as bullying, youth conflict, young men needing to express feelings, depression, relationships, and much more. Over 1,000 young people participated in workshops delivered by young volunteers from Fitzrovia Youth in Action.
Young People’s Partnership
South Camden Together (Somers Town Youth Centre, Coram’s Fields, KCBNA). The South Camden Together project ran for five weeks, bringing together 58 young people from across the south of Camden. They established a pop-up social enterprise where they were able to run their own lemonade stall at Camden Market. This experience provided young people with a taste of employment, they learned critical skills, including budgeting, business planning and customer service skills.