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Mayor's youth awards

Nominations for the 2019 Mayor's Youth Awards closed on Monday, 13 May 2019.

Rochdale Youth Service hold an annual Mayor's Youth Awards event.

It gives us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the fantastic achievements, contributions and developments of young people across the Rochdale borough.

Nominate a young person

We're looking for nominations to recognise young people who've made a real difference to the people in their lives. Whether it's through work in the community, a sporting achievement or commitment to their friends and family.

Anyone can nominate a young person who lives in the borough aged 11-19 or up to 25 if they've a disability.

Closing date for nominations

The closing date for 2019 nominations was 12noon, Monday, 13 May 2019.

Shortlisting and winners

We'll invite the young people shortlisted for an award to the awards ceremony.

Young people from Darnhill in Heywood, who organise the event with us, will select the winners.

The awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at Rochdale Town Hall.

2018 Mayor's Youth Award winners

On Thursday, 19 April 2018 at Rochdale Town Hall, the Mayor of Rochdale at the time, Councillor Ian Duckworth, presented all the winners with their awards. More than 40 nominations were received for the awards and all nominees were also presented with a certificate from the Mayor.

The winners of each award are:

Young Person of the Year Award

Molly Howarth receiving award from the Mayor of Rochdale. Molly Howarth
Molly has shown courage, positivity and determination since being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour during her GCSEs. Despite this she achieved fantastic results, is performing exceptionally well in her band with Rochdale Music Service and is fundraising for Manchester Children's Hospital.

The Courage Award

Heena Batool and Hadar Shah
Heena and Hadar have made an incredible fundraising effort for Manchester Children's Hospital following a cousin's bone marrow transplant.

Community Cohesion Award

Two members of Smallbridge Youth Group accepting the award from the Mayor of Rochdale. Smallbridge Youth Group
The group fundraised and worked with young people in the community for Holocaust Memorial Day.

Shining Lights Award

Ben, Bethany, Jack and Chloe Killgallon
The siblings worked with the youth service and have supported older people in the community.

Determination Award

Sophie Kilroy and the Mayor of Rochdale with the Determination Award. Sophie Kilroy
Sophie has suffered with childhood cancer but triumphed in dancing and her GCSEs despite her many operations.

Influencing Change Award

MIND Young Advisors
The group have been working with the LGBT community and also produced an anti-bullying campaign

Young Leader Award

Olivia Maxim receiving award from the Mayor. Olivia Maxim
Olivia achieved this award for her work with Starlight Circus and supporting other young people.

Young Volunteer Award

Toby Jackson
Toby worked on many horticulture projects while also volunteering at Cherwell Farm. 

Resilience Award

Suleman Mahmood accepting award from the Mayor of Rochdale. Suleman Mahmood
Suleman showed resilience through helping his dad by learning sign language.

Young Carer Award

Sehar Ahmed
Sehar has worked hard and shown dedication to her family and younger brother.

Raising Morale Award

Tom Ferarrie accepting award from Mayor of Rochdale. Tom Ferarrie
Tom works hard entertaining and raising spirits as a DJ at the youth club he attends.

Environmental Contribution Award

Middleton in Bloom volunteers
The volunteers suggested Middleton enter the national Britain In Bloom competition and helped the town win a silver medal.

Peer Mentor Award

Paige Bamford accepting award from Mayor of Rochdale. Paige Bamford
Paige received this award for all the activities she leads at her local youth club and her commitment to supporting others.

Community Contribution Award

Mitchell Thompson
Mitchell has helped the community by removing graffiti, litter picking and planting floral displays.

Yasin Khan Inspiration Award

Helaina Stone receiving award from Mayor of Rochdale. Helaina Stone
A new award in 2018 awarded to Helaina who has overcome her physical disabilities to achieve a Gold Duke of Edinburgh award by helping the elderly in a local care home and succeeding in dance exams. The challenges faced by Helaina in successfully completing the expedition element is truly inspiring and fully justifies this special award.

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Youth Service
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