A rewarding evening for young people
Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Group in Housing and also in Communities
New Charters Ian Munro and Emma Wilson presenting awards
The ‘Young People’s’ awards evening hosted annually by New Charter Homes was once again a unique event. The evening recognises and rewards the exceptional work carried out in the community by the housing association’s neighbourhood youngsters.
Held at New Charter Academy and hosted by Chief Executive of the Manchester United Foundation John Shiels, over 95 young people, aged between 7- 21 years old were presented with certificates and shopping vouchers in recognition of their sterling work within the community.
Nominations were invited in 4 categories; community and environmental, sports, performance and an award for continued dedication and commitment for those young people who have been involved in the previous years.
Ian Munro, New Charter’s Group Chief Executive said: “Each year as we present the awards we are overwhelmed at the commitment shown by the young people in our neighbourhoods. By empowering our young people to take ownership of their own communities and become more involved in their neighbourhoods, we believe it gives them a greater sense of pride.”
The tasks carried out by the young people varied from community projects such as the Tatton Park and ‘In Bloom’ entries, gardening, artwork music, neighbourhood clean ups, community events, sports, fundraising, volunteering and the New Charter youth forum. They also had the opportunity to attend various courses and programmes where they gained valuable skills that could be used in the projects they were involved in.
Additionally, 36 young people received an ‘Arts Award Discover’ from Trinity College London, for their contributions to the show garden at RHS. The young people worked with professional artists and wrote story boards for four individual plays and recorded voice overs for each play. They worked with a local Tameside artist to develop the paper mache puppets and practiced the stories for perfect performances for the RHS show days and other New Charter events.
The evening also saw participants from New Charter Academy receive awards for their contribution to the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester United Foundation projects that New Charter Homes fund within the school.
The event was a great success and a very special one not only for the young people who were being rewarded for their endeavours and achievements but also for their proud parents who attended this very popular annual event.