People are being urged to celebrate positive young people by recognising them at the Tendring Youth Awards.
The awards, in their fifth year and sponsored by Harwich Haven Authority, aim to celebrate the achievements of inspiring young people who live, study or work in Tendring, across a wide range of categories, as well as adults who support them.
Cancelled last year due to Covid-19, the awards are back this year albeit later than usual. To ensure no-one is disadvantaged by last year’s awards not going ahead, the age criteria for 2021 has been extended in each category by a year, while any early nominations submitted in 2020 will be carried forward.
People have until Friday, 30 July to submit their nominations and Karen O’Connor, Tendring Youth Awards Chairwoman, said she expected a large number of nominations this year.
“Given the past year we have had I would be hopeful of a decent number of nominations, as we’ve heard stories of young people supporting their shielding neighbours, working hard with home school, and keeping life going as normally as possible,” she said.
“But we can only recognise the people who are put forward, and we really need your help to do that. Please think about nominating a young person, a group, or an adult volunteer for an award.
“Just knowing they have been nominated will give them some recognition, and of course the best will go on to be shortlisted and possibly win.
“Everyone has had a tough year – so let’s put a smile on some young people’s faces.”
This year there is also a new award category, Covid Champion, to recognise young people who have supported their community, battled adversity or helped family and friends during the pandemic.
Harwich Haven Authority is the headline sponsor for the awards, which are supported by Tendring District Council and Essex County Council.
Other sponsors so far include Galloper Wind Farm, Tendring Careline, the Princes Theatre, Actual Radio and Nova Training, while the awards are also supported by Clacton Pier and the Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette and the Harwich and Manningtree Standard.
Individuals or groups can be nominated, and categories recognise academic achievement, inspirational caring, work in the community and efforts to help the environment, among others.
A panel of judges will assess the nominations after the deadline of Friday, 30 July, and compile a shortlist of finalists, who will be invited to a glitzy presentation evening at Clacton’s Princes Theatre on 19 October.
To nominate someone for a Tendring Youth Award, complete an online nomination form at https://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/tendring-youth-awards or download a form and submit it to email@example.com – alternatively you can fill it out and return it by post to Tendring Youth Awards (Nominations), Town Hall, Clacton, CO15 1SE.