A project which enables the voices of young people in Sefton to be heard in community life has landed two top national awards.
Members of the Sefton Young Advisors (YAs) team are celebrating after their Co-ordinator Laura Goad was honoured as YA Lead of the Year, and they also collected the Community Project of the Year award for an initiative with Sefton Council.
Both awards were presented at the recent AGM and conference of the national Young Advisors charity held at Hope Valley in Derbyshire.
The Young Advisors – based at the Waterloo HQ of charity Sefton CVS – are trained consultants aged from 15-23 who help organisations to understand the interests of young people, and how to get their message across to them in a more youth-friendly way.
They also help agencies to ‘youth proof’ the way they operate, and to attract and maintain the interest of young people in their work.
According to the award citation, Laura Goad was recognised for her outstanding leadership, her inclusive approach and her commitment to the YA team members, both in and out of work.
Meanwhile, the Young Advisors received the second award for their consultation work around Sefton Council’s 2030 vision for the borough.
This involved adapting the vision kit to make it accessible for a younger audience, and consulting with more than 200 children and young people aged from four years old upwards, including those with additional needs and looked-after children.
Sefton CVS Chief Executive, Angela White, commented: “To win these two prestigious awards is a fantastic achievement and I would like to congratulate Laura and the whole of the Young Advisors team on their success”.
“I am delighted that their creativity and hard work has been recognised at national level in this way,” added Mrs White.
Sefton Council Chief Executive Margaret Carney said “It’s fantastic to be recognised for what you do and an added bonus to be given an award. Thanks for all your hard work – it is really valuable and your input will really shape the borough.