County youth group volunteers thanked
A THREE-COURSE Christmas dinner and a big, fat Thank You! That was what local people were given alongside awards in recognition of their voluntary efforts locally, working with young people.
This celebration of our youth leaders was part of the 2015 Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC) Awards Dinner, held at Northampton’s King’s Park Conference Centre on Monday December 7.
More than 100 community volunteers attended the annual event to acknowledge the amazing work that has been carried out in youth groups throughout the county.
Awards were presented by the High Sherriff of Northamptonshire, Dr Ahmed Muktar and members of Corby’s Oakley Rangers Youth Group provided entertainment with a number of pieces specially prepared for the event.
Among the county-wide winners of the main awards were local people:
New Projects Pioneer – Ameena Bull of Corby Youthie, a new group formed this year and run by three local mums – Natalie Campion, Donna Smith and Ameena Bull, who work with young people between the ages of 11 and 17 helping them to gain experience and find jobs.
Positive Participation Award – Nina Robinson of Rush 2 The Den youth centre.
Distinguished Service Awards went to: Diane and Anthony Looker of Wellingborough’s Royal Blue Lancer Majorettes; Karan Harris and Sandra Harwood of Kettering’s Routz youth club; and Paul Balmer and Judy Caine – Corby’s Oakley Rangers.
Above – YOUTHFUL SPIRIT: Corby Youthie group organisers (from left) Natalie Campion, Donna Smith and Ameena Bull, pictured with the Education Spirit of Corby category award they won in September. Ameena was presented with a county youth clubs association award earlier this month at the NAYC annual dinner.
Right –DISTINGUISHED SERVICE: Judy Caine and Paul Balmer hold their awards presented by Dr Muktar and NAYC’s David Forde for their youth work with the Oakley Rangers – whose musical members (below) entertained everyone at the awards ceremony.