In my year as High Sheriff of Lancashire I am keen to recognise and celebrate young people’s achievements across the county, and acknowledge their valuable - and often unheralded -contribution to the communities in which they live or work.
Do you know of a young person, or group of young people, ideally aged 21 or under, who has helped either a family member, an individual, a local organisation or their neighbourhood in some way or other in the last 12 months? If so I would like you to nominate them for the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year Award 2017. Nominations can be made by anyone.
I am especially keen to hear about initiatives that have helped make local communities safer and better places to live; actions that have strongly benefitted individuals or groups of people; or instances where outstanding kindness or bravery have been demonstrated. Please tell me about the impact these actions have had – and the difference they have made to either individuals, a particular group of people, or the community as a whole.
The Winners and Runners-Up will be selected by a panel of judges which I will chair and includes representatives from the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC), the Lancashire Constabulary, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) and Rodney Swarbrick CBE DL (a former High Sheriff who initiated this awards scheme).
All Finalists will be invited to attend a presentation at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters in March 2017 when the Winner will receive £500 together with a specially commissioned trophy and a certificate from the High Sheriff and the Chief Constable, Andy Rhodes. There will also be two Runners-Up who will each receive £100 and a certificate.
This scheme is being administered by the LANPAC charity on behalf of the High Sheriff and the closing date for nominations is 31st January 2018. Any further information required can be obtained from Al Yusuf on 01772-412796.
I look forward to lots of nominations and reading about some terrific achievements that our young people are involved with in Lancashire.
With best wishes,
Robert Webb JP DL, High Sheriff of Lancashire 2017-18