Do you know a young person in Lancashire who has made a difference in their local community? Would you like to see them receive special recognition for doing something exceptional?
The search is now on to find the county’s most deserving youngsters for the 2024 Lancashire Young Citizen of the Year award – and we want you to help us find them. (pictured are last year's nominees)
If you know someone, aged 19 or under, who has done something selfless for another person, organisation, or their local community, we want to hear from you.
Applications are now being accepted and can be submitted anytime up until 31st January 2024.
Winners and runners up will be selected by the High Sheriff of Lancashire and a panel of judges from the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC), Lancashire Constabulary and the University of Central Lancashire.
The winner will receive £500 along with a specially commissioned trophy and certificate from the High Sheriff and Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Chris Rowley. Two runners up will also receive £100 and a certificate.
Chief Constable Rowley said: “It is a privilege to hear about so many inspiring young people in Lancashire who are doing exceptional things to make a difference in their communities.
“They make a hugely positive impact, and we are so thankful to them.
“The Young Citizen Awards are a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate, and anyone who knows a young person who has made an outstanding contribution to their community, I would encourage them to submit a nomination.”
David Taylor, High Sheriff of Lancashire (pictured right), said: “One of the highlights of my year as High Sheriff has been travelling around the county of Lancashire to see some amazing projects being carried out on a voluntary basis, many of them by young people.
“This award is designed to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions made by our people in Lancashire and I would be delighted to receive as many nominations as possible.”
Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire, said: “We have been delighted to support the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen Awards for a number of years.
“Each year we receive the most incredible accounts of bravery, generosity, and maturity from our county’s inspiring young people.
“Alongside the High Sheriff and Lancashire Constabulary, we are proud to celebrate Lancashire’s youngsters and their great work.”
Approval of a parent or guardian is needed for the nomination, subsequent publicity and any future events involving the finalists.
Nomination forms can be completed online at https://www.lanpac.co.uk/nomination/. For more information contact Al Yusuf or Eleanor Adshead from LANPAC on 01772 412796.