Achievements of young people recognised
25 April 2012
LJMU’s Foundation for Citizenship held the Further Education Good Citizenship Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of young people in the North West.
Established in 1997, the Good Citizenship Award scheme recognises the often overlooked contributions that young people from different cultures and communities make to society. Hosted by Professor the Lord David Alton of Liverpool and LJMU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill, the event was attended by the award winners, their tutors, families and friends.
The Further Education awards are sponsored by O2, which is involved with many youth-based community initiatives throughout the region. Ann McCracken, Communications Manager North for O2, was in attendance at the ceremony and praised the students for their outstanding contributions to their communities and schools.
The award winners received their awards for the following reasons:
Jemma Edwards, from Birkenhead Sixth Form College, for her voluntary activities and for being a good role model for young people. The Olympic Committee has selected Jemma to carry the Olympic Flame on 2 June, commenting that she has demonstrated an outstanding ability to encourage and inspire more people to play sport. Every week Jemma runs multicultural fitness sessions for women, and aerobics and dance classes for children. She works with the visually impaired on multi sports, drama and crafts, and runs a preschool gymnastics class on Saturday mornings. She also helps with an over 55s tea dance – demonstrating that her voluntary work covers a large cross-section of her local community. Jemma is also a fantastic student who is on course to achieve highly at A-level and go on to a successful future.
Joseph Cashman, student at Carmel College, St Helens, for being a very committed and active member of the Justice & Peace Group, helping to raise several thousand pounds for a variety of charities and raising awareness of the Fair Trade campaign, homelessness and other local and national issues. He is also an active member of the Student Council and his local youth club.
Josh Coulter, from Knowsley Community College, for being a very enthusiastic and caring young man with a great character. Josh is a member of the Sea Cadets and helps to train younger cadets; a role he takes very seriously and does with great pride. Josh has become a very strong role model to the youngsters he trains, encouraging them and finding ways to make them see that they have options and choices that will help them to be good citizens. His empathy and examples from his own life help him to get this message across effectively. This commitment is commendable as Josh has a learning difficulty. Josh is not one to shy away from responsibility and often takes on tasks using his own initiative. Josh took part in the Poppy Appeal in his own time; he managed to sell a lot of poppies within college and took time to talk with the students about why he was selling them and their symbolism and importance.
Daniel Langley, from Liverpool Community College, for being an active member of the college's Enrichment Student Volunteering programme. He has given his time to a range of different volunteering, fundraising activities and projects including volunteering at the staff and student charity talent show to raise money for Cancer Research UK. He also sold poppies in college for the Poppy Appeal, organised toy donations for the BBC Radio Merseyside Christmas toy appeal, volunteered to help run community shops for the Leave Liverpool Tidy project and helped to promote the Princes Trust. Daniel is also heavily involved in ‘student voice’ and is a Student Rep for his tutor group where his duties include attending training sessions, meetings and collecting ideas and issues from students.
Fiona Burke, from Southport College, for being an excellent student with a very positive and dedicated attitude towards her studies and future career. She is currently on track to begin studying Children’s Nursing in the next academic year. Fiona is predicted to achieve 350 UCAS points on completion of her current course. Aside from her academic ability Fiona has also formed positive relationships among her peers and staff, undertaking the role of Student Rep. Fiona is a very reliable student which is highlighted by her 96% attendance. Fiona has successfully completed three work placements as part of her college course including two primary schools and a care facility for adults with additional needs. Outside of college Fiona is a very committed citizen, volunteering in numerous organisations. She has raised money via various activities including cake sales, bag packing at local supermarkets and car washing which enabled her to go to Ghana to help with children at local orphanages and schools. Fiona also volunteered at a play group for a year where she looked after children aged three and under. She then began volunteering at Queens Court Hospice, which she attends every fortnight and undertakes cleaning and kitchen duties. For the 18 months she has volunteered weekly at her local youth club. She also spends her Sundays working with the children in her church, teaching them about bible stories and playing games with them.
Louise Stocker, Wirral Metropolitan College, for working to the highest possible standard, enthusiastically taking on optional extra qualifications and taking the lead to mentor her peers where they are having difficulties. Louise is a single parent and mature student who chose to return to education to pursue her career aspirations in Hotel Front Office. Although Louise has a young child, she has a 100% attendance record. Louise not only supports her peers academically but also emotionally, which has given the group of students a more mature balance – creating a relaxed and fun learning environment. She has also taken on a variety of additional responsibilities including co-ordinating mock interviews, rotas for learner services and uploading voice records to the electronic portfolio. She has also used her initiative in supporting her team in co-ordinating activities for the group and leading them to working together as a team.
Pictured with the award winners are Professor the Lord David Alton, Professor Nigel Weatherill and Ann McCracken.