Young people celebrated
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
More than 150 young people from across Hampshire showcased their achievements in a celebration of young peoples' participation, community provision and volunteering.
The Youth Fair held in the Great Hall, Winchester was hosted by Hampshire County Council to highlight examples of youth participation and adult volunteering and to encourage others to follow suit.
More than 25 groups representing a wide range of activities from Young Firefighters, to the Girl Guides and Hampshire Wildlife Trust promoted their achievements and showed other young people the value of their participation in a huge variety of opportunities in Hampshire.
They also heard an inspiring presentation about reaching potential from British Paralympic Gold Medallist Peter Hull, MBE.
Drummed in by the Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps, the event on 22 March was opened by Councillor Ken Thornber, the Leader of Hampshire County Council. Councillor Thornber, who has introduced an initiative for the Council to employ up to 1,000 young apprenticeship posts over the next five years, described the event as "a real celebration of the fantastic work of both the third sector voluntary groups and young people and the enormous range of positive activities available to them."
"They all make a huge contribution and I hope this event has helped facilitate even closer relationships and collaboration between the voluntary sector, the County Council and the schools and colleges here today for the benefit of Hampshire's young people," he said.
Councillor Thornber also presented National Citizen Service Awards. "I'm really pleased to be making awards to a number of armed forces cadets who have taken part in the National Citizen Service programme, a scheme that allows young people to learn new things, develop their skills, help their community and create and bring to life a project that they really care about. These young people are outstanding ambassadors of youth and they thoroughly deserve this award," he added.
The army cadets who received awards from CouncillorThornber were: Jacob Brown from Portsmouth, Emma Topley from Southampton, Nicki Parker from Southampton, Jack Bowden from Aldershot, Stuart Gainsford from Aldershot, Elsbeth Brand from Cosham, Catherine Lovett from Southampton, Rebecca Williams from Andover, Alexander Brown from Totton, James Herring from Waterlooville.
The voluntary sector plays an important part in delivering both recreational and support services for youth and the County Council is building on this strong partnership to develop new ways of delivering services for young people in tough economic times. Cllr Roy Perry, the Executive Lead Member for Children's Services, who closed the event, said: "I'm pleased that through the grants we give, the County Council is maintaining high levels of support to the voluntary sector to help develop what are very good activities for young people. Working in new ways with the voluntary sector, together we can help ensure the provision of responsive, flexible services that are not only good value for money, but tailor made to meet the needs of local communities."
The Youth Fair also saw the presentation of the 'Hampshire Making a Difference Awards'. Presented by the Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Andrew Joy, they reward young people aged between five and 18 from across Hampshire who, by being active, good citizens, have done something exceptional to help others.
The event was organised by Hampshire County Council in partnership with the Hampshire Children's Alliance and with the armed forces cadets associations.