Youth councillor shortlisted for voluntary award

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Epping Forest Youth Councillor Fatemeh Ekhteyary was 1 of 5 young people shortlisted in the ‘Individual Volunteer Young Person’ category at the Who Will Care? Awards 2015.

Fatemeh Ekhteyary with her ‘Who Will Care' runner-up award


Epping Forest Youth Councillor Fatemeh Ekhteyary was nominated by Epping Forest District Council for her voluntary and community work.

Fatemeh chairs Epping Forest Youth Council meetings, despite English not being her first or even second language. She is confident and an excellent ambassador for young people, particularly for young Muslim women.

She worked with fellow Youth Councillors to organise the Epping Forest Youth Conference where 90 local school pupils came together to discuss issues concerning the districts young people.

Fatemaeh also helped to design the #U R Not Alone Bullying awareness project for year 9 pupils, which received the High Sheriffs’ Shield for 2015 in recognition of their valuable contribution to the county of Essex.

Fatemeh has helped to organise and plan a volunteer day in Epping Forest and worked with a group of young people to tidy the woodland including bramble clearing and ground maintenance. She is extremely enthusiastic and hard working and no job is too small or too big for Fatemeh.

Who will Care? Awards 2015

The first Essex Who will Care? Awards took place on 13 May 2015 in Colchester.  The awards recognise the unsung heroes in Essex, from young to old. The evening was an opportunity to hear some of the stories of volunteering across Essex.

BBC Essex DJ Dave Monk was compere for the evening and there was a performance by Hands 4 Voices choir, a signing choir based in Essex.

Winners in the 6 categories

  1. The Business Award – celebrating excellence in corporate social responsibility: Come Dine With You (Brentwood)
  2. The Voluntary Community Service Award – reflecting innovation or outstanding service delivery by a third sector organisation: Only Cowards Carry Weapons (Clacton)
  3. Individual Volunteer Young Person (under 18) Award – Harry Suttling (Clacton)
  4. Individual Volunteer Young Adult (18 to 24) Award – Paul Banham (Clacton)
  5. Individual Volunteer Adult (25 and over) Award – Pat Newton (Colchester)
  6. Individual Volunteer Overcoming Adversity Award – Eddie Baker (Maldon)