Members of the public, local organisations, schools and youth groups have just one month left to nominate young people in the OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) Norfolk Youth Awards for 2019.

These awards have been designed to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of young people in a variety of categories, spanning the arts, volunteer work, sports and more.  In order for young people to be nominated for an award, they need to be aged between 11-19 years of age (or up to 25 years for those with additional needs) and living in Norfolk, with the exception of the Hero Award which is for young people to nominate an adult who in their eyes is a ‘hero’ or champion.  Young people can be nominated for one or more of the following categories:

  • Community 
  • Sport (Individual)
  • Team of the Year
  • Arts
  • Charity
  • Entrepreneur
  • Perseverance
  • Momentum Volunteer Award
  • Education

Kiera-Lea Lain (aged 12) who was shortlisted for a Volunteer award and won the Charity category in 2018 for her raising funds for Nelson’s Journey after the death of her father, said: “I felt really proud to have won this award, it has given me a great sense of achievement and inspired me to continue with my fundraising and volunteering with Nelson’s Journey”.

The closing date for nominations is Monday 31st December 2018, and nominations can either by made online via opennorwich.org.uk/whats-on/norfolk-youth-awards-nomination-form/ or by picking up a nomination form from OPEN’s Box Office or our Café.

The winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges and Joe Crowley, Ambassador for OPEN and presenter of The One Show and Countryfile will host the Awards ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 24th April 2019.

The main sponsors of these awards are City College, Norwich; Norwich City Football Club and Norfolk County Council (Children’s Services) in association with media partners Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.