Members of the Epping Forest Youth Council were presented with their Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement awards by Paralympian Danny Crates on 5 March 2012 at the Jack Petchey awards evening at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford.
Three Epping Forest Youth Councillors were presented with the prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement awards by Councillor John Wyatt, Portfolio Holder for Support Services. The youth councillors were also presented with funding in recognition of their achievements in community work and giving young people a voice in the decision-making process.
The youth councillors, aged between 15 and 17, are all from the Epping Forest District. They each received a pin and certificate, as well as £200 for their youth project. With accomplishments ranging from raising £9,000 from the Youth Opportunity Fund, to community work and commitment, to giving young people a voice.
The 3 youth councillors recieving the awards are:
- Beejal Valera from Trinity School
- Scarlett Stock from St Johns C of E School
- Annie Armitage from Chigwell School
Young Person’s Assistant, Lucy Eales from Epping Forest District Council was also awarded the Youth Leaders Award 2012 for her commitment to working with young people, giving them support and encouragement to excel and gain confidence. Lucy said: “It is amazing how these young people grow in confidence during their two years as a youth councillor. It is a fulfilling experience and they all enjoy making a difference in their school and community.”
Diane Butler, Epping Forest District Council’s Young Persons’ Officer, said: “We are delighted for all the young people involved. While we know how much they have individually achieved, to be presented with a Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award in front of their friends and family members is a real boost for their confidence. We are so proud of them, for all their ambition, drive and enthusiasm.”