West Cheshire Youth and Community Awards 2019

The second West Cheshire Youth and Community Awards are being held to celebrate and reward the work of our young people in west Cheshire. The awards will also recognise projects and the work carried out by dedicated individuals and groups to support our young people to help them thrive, grow and flourish.

The awards will be presented at an event on Friday 25 January 2019, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, at Civic Hall, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port CH65 0AZ. The event is by invite only.

Nominations for the awards are open until 5pm on Sunday, 2 December 2018.

There are nine award categories:
 
Award Who is it for Criteria
Young volunteer of the year Young people This award recognises a young volunteer in the community who gives up their time to help others and do for others, given the pressures young people have with schools and friendships. This is an unpaid role.
Young person care for others Young people This award recognises a young person with extra responsibilities, someone who given their circumstances is still achieving, supporting others and overcoming barriers. We are especially keen to hear from people who empower others and advocate on other people’s behalf.
Young person outstanding achievement Young people This award recognises a young person who has contributed to their community in an outstanding way. This award is for a young person who has achieved more than their years and can be proud of their achievements. 
Young person equality and diversity champion Young people This award is for someone who has overcome a barrier and challenged diversity. It is for someone who has challenged inequality in some way and promotes rights, someone to watch in terms of empowering others.
Mental health or wellbeing project Project Mental health is the most important issue to young people in west Cheshire. We know this because of Make Your Mark data. We want to hear from a project that has listened to the needs of young people and has worked innovatively and creatively to support young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. 
Inspirational youth worker     Youth workers This award is for young people to recognise a youth worker who has gone above and beyond to support them. This award is about someone who has left a young person feeling inspired, changed and has helped them to grow and develop. This is the role of a youth worker ordinarily but this award is about someone who has gone the extra mile.
Early intervention Project This award recognises a youth work project that has stepped in early to support a family or a community with specialist targeted support. The project must have brought together services and contributed to early help and interventions. 
Partnership of the year award Project This award recognises a partnership approach to working with young people. It is about a youth community and voluntary organisation that have worked together to achieve better outcomes for young people in their locality.
Adult volunteer of the year Volunteer This award recognises someone who volunteers in the community working with young people. The work is unpaid and benefits children and young people. Young people, staff, volunteers and members of the community can nominate this person. There will be recognition for one volunteer in each of the Cheshire West and Chester Council localities.

If you know someone who you feels deserves recognition, this could be an individual, group or project, please complete the online nomination form or request a hard copy form from:

Cathy McGhie
Senior Practice Lead – Youth Service
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Nicholas House 
Ground Floor
1 Black Friars
Chester 
CH1 2NU 

Thank you for taking time to submit a nomination.

Cheshire West Libraries have organised a series of events to coincide with the forthcoming centenary of the end of the First World War.

Wednesday 7 November

Northwich Library, 10am-12pm: First World War Centenary coffee morning

Northwich Library will be hosting a coffee morning with representatives from the local Royal British Legion coming along to provide information and chat to customers about the Centenary.

Saturday 10 November

Barnton Library, 10am-1pm: Drop-in “Memory Morning”

Community event for residents to share their war-time memories of Barnton and learn more about the village’s history.

Tuesday 13 November

Helsby Library, 2.30pm: Researching Your Ancestors with Owen Powell.

Learn how to undertake genealogical research to trace your family story including where to start; which websites to use; searching the archives and dating photographs. Tickets are £3 - available from Helsby Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Frodsham Library, 7pm: Home Service during the Great War

Millions of men and women were engaged in Home Service activities that were vital for the war effort. Join Owen Powell to find out more about this forgotten aspect of the Great War. Tickets are £3 - available from Frodsham Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Thursday 8 November

Lache Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Lache Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Friday 9 November

Neston Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Neston Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

There are also wonderful collections and displays in the following libraries:

Barnton Library - a collection of First World War memorabilia and related local history books is on display as well as an art display of poppies arranged and curated by Jackie Ormarod and the members of the library knitting group.

Helsby Library – a large display is available detailing how the war impacted on Helsby and details of the Helsby men who died in the First World War.

Neston Library - 'Great War - Neston Remembers' exhibition provided by Burton and Neston History Society is on display at Neston Library. The display illustrates how the war impacted on the everyday lives of Neston’s residents. As part of the exhibition there is a special collection about 170 individuals connected to Neston, who died in the First World War, diligently researched by Ian Norris. This is a unique and significant piece of work and will be of great interest to people from Neston and surrounding areas.

Northwich Library - A commemorative poppy display is in the entrance to the library, featuring a selection of books and a waterfall of poppies, all hand-made and created by the library craft group and other local community groups from Northwich town centre.

Sandiway Library - A commemorative book and photographic display relating to Sandiway community members involved in the First World War is available. The library is also decorated with poppy bunting designed and donated by the children and local craft groups who attend the library. A commemorative  Tommy figurine is also on display outside the library, by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council.

Winsford Library – A display commemorating the Great War is on loan to the library from Crosshatch Gallery and Winsford History Society. Included are excerpts from Private Frederick Shaw’s Gallipoli campaigns diary (not originals); Private Shaw was based with the Royal Marine Light Infantry during the First World War and his name is inscribed on Winsford’s War Memorial.

Wharton, Weaverham and Great Boughton Libraries also have book displays themed around the First World War Centenary.

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