Young people these days tend to get a bad press because, as so often happens, the majority are let down by the actions of a relative few. I am looking to celebrate young people's achievements, and acknowledge their valuable and often unrecognised contribution to the communities in which they live or work.
Are you aware of a young person or group of young people, ideally aged 21 or under, who has helped their local neighbourhood, an individual, a family member or a local organisation within 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.
I am especially keen to hear about initiatives that help make local communities safer and better places to live, those which help to regenerate deprived areas or those which help people to build confidence and unlock their true potential. Tell me about the results and impact their actions have had - and what difference they have made to a particular person, group or the community as a whole.
Winners and runners up will be selected by me and a panel of judges which will include representatives from the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC), Lancashire Constabulary, 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 where the winner will receive £500 along with a specially commissioned trophy and certificate from the High Sheriff and Chief Constable Steve Finnigan. Two runners up will also receive £100 and a certificate.
The scheme is being administered by the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) charity on behalf of the High Sheriff and the closing date for nominations is 31st January 2017.
For further information or guidance please contact Al Yusuf on 01772 412796
John Barnett MBE DL, High Sheriff of Lancashire 2016-2017