Committed Katie is nominated for award

Katie Groves from Eastwood is one of the first people to have been nominated for this year’s 4Uth Award.

The 14-year-old has helped out with youth work in the town since she was just ten-years-old and has been nominated for the prestigious award by a local youth worker.

Katie is the youngest member of the Eastwood youth club committee and helps out with activities and working in the coffee shop at the centre in Derby Road.

Andy Allsopp who nominated her said she was ‘totally committed’.

“She has shown full commitment to the committee and she is very young,” he said.

“Out of all her peers she goes that extra mile and gives that extra bit of her time, that a lot of young people don’t do these days.

“She is so committed to it all, has got a great attitude and is a pleasant and very positive young girl.

“She’s also a very shy and modest young person as well. She doesn’t sing her own praise. She’s very deserving of it.”

The teenager promotes activities at the club and helps out with them, making sure everybody gets a fair go.

Before Eastwood Youth Club came to town, Katie also helped out with the motivator bus, which acted as a mobile youth centre.

She helped out with organising trips, would help pack away games and run errands for the team of youth workers.

Launched last week, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Award, now in its second year, aims to recognise young people who have achieved a great deal and pushed their personal boundaries.

Leader of the council Kay Cutts said: “In an age when young people do not always get a good press, it is wonderful that we can highlight the hard work and determination of so many of them.”

The council’s deputy cabinet member for children and young people’s services councillor Lynn Sykes added: “The calibre of last year’s nominees just goes to prove that Nottinghamshire has many teenagers it can be proud of.

“They were all shining examples of what young people can achieve with hard work, determination and a refusal to give up and accept defeat.

“We’re encouraging the county’s residents, who could be friends, family, schools, youth groups and voluntary organisations to nominate young people who have achieved exceptional things whatever their circumstances.

“This could be anything from surpassing all expectations in a particular sport or activity, contributing to their local community or overcoming the odds to achieve academically. The idea behind the award is to celebrate a broad range of individual achievements.”

The overall countywide winner will receive £250 in vouchers of their choice.

Nominees must be at least old enough to be in year seven at school and no older than 19. The maximum age for disabled young people is 25. The deadline for entries is June 20.

Nominations in each of the county’s seven districts are being considered by a panel of judges to decide district winners, before one final winner is picked.

To nominate or for more information, visit nottinghamshire.gov.uk/4uthnomination or call Peter Cook on 01623 411300. Forms can be completed online or downloaded and completed by hand and returned to the council by post.