Young people throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf have celebrated their hard work and outstanding achievements in a glittering awards ceremony.
The prestigious annual Youth Achievement Awards which is now in its third year celebrated not only what Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Services for Young People team and its partners offer young people from youth exchange to street based youth work, but also highlighted and rewarded the good work that young people undertake right across the County Borough.
Held at the Coliseum, Aberdare, this year’s Youth Awards including a series of dance acts to entertain the crowd, along with the celebrated award categories where individuals were shortlisted for their exemplary work.
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning presented the awards and explained, “We are extremely proud of our young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf and want to provide every encouragement and support to help them fulfill their full potential.
”Our Services For Young People provision goes from strength to strength and is having a real impact on young people and giving them the best possible start in life.
”This event is held annually to celebrate their talent and special achievements and they really are a credit to the County Borough.”
The award categories and winners were –
Outstanding Contribution To Music Award which celebrated the talent and achievement of a young people involved in music, song writing, singing and performance. This year’s winner was Tonyrefail Comprehensive School student Owen McCarthy, a talent pianist and clarinetist with various orchestras
Shining Star Award was in recognition of a young person who had overcome difficulties and adversity to take part in activities. The winner was Samuel Akintioye who has devoted five years to volunteering and becoming a champion for promoting young people’s participation
Outstanding Contribution to Performing Arts Awards was presented to Kurt Norris, a talented dancer of Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School who has won four Welsh titles and a title in Supadance
Outstanding Contribution to Youth Work (Paid) for young people to recognise a youth workers for their hard work and commitment. The winner was Detached Youth Worker for Abercwmboi and Cwmbach Communities Christopher Medlicott
Outstanding Contribution to Youth Work Award (Voluntary) for young people to recognise a youth workers for their hard work and commitment. The winner was Hawthorn E3+ volunteer Jodie Heath
Outstanding Contribution To Art & Culture Award which celebrates a young person’s talent at graffiti, creative writing, mosaic art, poetry, stories or sculpture. The winner was Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School’s RAWR magazine
Outstanding Contribution To Media Award recognizes the achievement of a young person with a flair to filmmaking, production, digital arts and creative working. The winner was Matthew Leon of Treorchy Comprehensive School E3+
Outstanding Sporting Award in recognition of a sporting achievement wento to Nicole Hall who dedicates 20hours a week to training in table tennis such as 5×60 sessions and E3+ programmes at Tonyrefail Comprehensive School
Outstanding Project Award was in recognition of clubs and associations that have completed an outstanding project and the project winners were U-Decide Summer Programme of young people from Blaengwawr, Cwmbach, Abercwmboi and Cwmaman who decided what provision they wanted over the summer holidays
Environment Award went to Natasha Vincent of Y Pant Eco Club Committee who has been involved in a whole array of environmental projects
Outstanding Contribution By A Young Person To Their Youth Club / Centre or Project went to Matthew Cox, a full time student at Hawthorn High School who despite the pressures of being a Year 12 student, finds time to volunteer with groups in his community.
Outstanding Contribution to Wicid.tv went to Martyn David who had been a commited editorial member and helped develop the site over the last two years.
Wicid Youth Worker of the Year went to Linsey Perrett – She was voted for by the young people of RCT through the Wicid.tv website.
Louise Cook, Head of Services for Young People said, “An ongoing commitment to supporting key youth and community services are vital to ensure young people reach their full potential as vibrant and successful young citizens making the ideals inherent in Extending Entitlement a reality for young people across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Wales.
“The Youth Awards celebrate and champion the fantastic achievements of the young people engaging with youth provision all across Rhondda Cynon Taff. Well done to everyone who was shortlisted and our winners.”
For further information on the services available to young people across the County Borough visit www.wicid.tv or call 01443 744000.