Nominations for the 2018 Youth Awards closed on Sunday, 18 February 2018. The winners have been chosen and were presented with their awards on Thursday, 19 April 2018.
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.
2018 Mayor's Youth Award winners
On Thursday, 19 April 2018 at Rochdale Town Hall, the Mayor of Rochdale, 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 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
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.
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 achieved this award for her work with Starlight Circus and supporting other young people.
Young Volunteer Award
Toby worked on many horticulture projects while also volunteering at Cherwell Farm.
Suleman showed resilience through helping his dad by learning sign language.
Young Carer Award
Sehar has worked hard and shown dedication to her family and younger brother.
Raising Morale Award
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 received this award for all the activities she leads at her local youth club and her commitment to supporting others.
Community Contribution Award
Mitchell has helped the community by removing graffiti, litter picking and planting floral displays.
Yasin Khan Inspiration Award
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.
Closing date for nominations
The closing date for 2018 nominations was on Sunday, 18 February 2018.
Shortlisting and winners
Those shortlisted for an award, and all nominees, will be invited to the awards ceremony.
The winners will be selected by young people from Milnrow Youth Club, who will be organising the event.
The awards ceremony
The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, 19 April 2018 at Rochdale Town Hall.