Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Young people from Congresbury have been honoured with a top community accolade. A handful of selected children from the village were nominated by various youth groups in the Village they belong to for the young person of the year award.After Congresbury Youth Partnership (CYP) organiser Tony Sullivan died in 2010, donations from his funeral were given to the CYP, which runs activities for children in the village.It was Tony’s daughter, Sam Perry, who was a village youth worker and CYP organiser, who came up with the idea and the awards were first given out at a special ceremony in 2011.This year’s award ceremony took place on Friday 18th March. The aim is to recognise a young person in each organisation who has made an outstanding contribution. Click on the following to see the winner and why they were nominated by the organisation:BeaversBrowniesCricket ClubCubsGuidesRainbowsFlaresScoutsYouth ClubYouth Partnership
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Isaac Thompson1st Congresbury Beaver ScoutsIsaac joined us as a Beaver Scout in June 2015. He shoes willingness to all he does and gives everything a try, no matter how challenging it may be. He is a very friendly boy and welcomes newcomers in his own unique way. He shows enthusiasm and enjoyment in all aspects of his Scouting life and has great respect for his leaders. This is shown in how he approaches the leaders he sees in the school playground and often asks excitedly ‘it is Beavers today?’ even if it is not a Friday.Isaac is a pleasure to have at Beavers. He attends most of our colony meetings and has started to attend more of the district events too, including the upcoming County Jamboree. With only about 6 months left before he moves up to Cubs, I know he will put in 110% effort in order to complete all of his Challenge Badges to earn his Chief Scout Bronze Awards.He gives lovely smiles ever week and helps others to remember what Scouting is all about.
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Violet Grieveson1st Congresbury BrowniesViolet is a very kind, helpful and an enthusiastic member of our Brownie unit. She is always willing to help others without being asked and always has a smile on her face.
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Josie ChersonCongresbury Cricket ClubJosie has been playing for Congresbury CC since making her debut for the under 11s. Despite being the only girl in her age-group at the club and one of only a few girls to play club cricket in North Somerset she has continued to impress everybody with her commitment and enthusiasm for the game. She now represents Somerset, being part of the County under 17 girls squad.Josie’s playing record is impressive – last season she finished 5th and was the top girl in the North Somerset Bowling Figures. Moreover she always plays with a smile on her face; she is well respected by all her team mates and, she still remains the captain’s choice of bowler should the team need somebody to bowl straight! She is, of course, well supported by her parents Lucy and particularly Jeff who has over the years spent countless hours with Josie in the nets. So long in fact that it remains a mystery why he still cannot hold a bat - Please pass on a few tips, Josie!
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Kate SmithCongresbury Cubs Kate joined the Cub pack in 2014 and has since joined in many activities, events and camps. She is now a Sixer and shows great leadership skills with the Cubs in her Six. She is always very pleasant and helpful during Pack meetings and contributes fully in Pack forums and discussions. She will be missed when she moves up to Scouts.
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Chloe StockerCongresbury GuidesChloe has been a girl guide since September 2013 and is our oldest guides. Chloe is taking on more responsibility and always helpful and cheerful at Guides and friendly with the younger girls. She is especially good at helping mum, prepare for the evening each week. Chloe has also taken part in the division events such as a camp and swimming galas. Chloe will this year start to work towards her Baden Powell award.
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Amelia Vincent1st & 2nd Congresbury RainbowsI have nominated Amelia for this award as she truly embodies what it is to be a Rainbow. Amelia arrives prompt to every session, excited and enthusiastic to find out what the evenings activities will be. She is always happy to help anyone who many need it, and is always ready with kind words when they are required too. She attends every event possible and always with the same kind heart and enthusiasm.She is a well-loved member of our unit and will be missed when she goes up to Brownies!
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Martha HeggieSt Andrew Church Youth Club ‘Flares’Martha has been a member of our youth groups for a number of years and is always ready to support and take part in whatever we are doing. She will happily help younger members as well as volunteering for holiday clubs and other events in the church.She is always first to help out and will be first on the list with events like Love Congresbury and the 800th celebrations.It is always a pleasure to have her in the youth club and her smile always lights up the room.
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Jay Robb1st Congresbury ScoutsEver since he joined Scouts nearly three years ago, Jay’s enthusiasm for Scouting and adventure has always shone through; sometimes cheeky, sometimes mischievous, he ALWAYS tries hard and is quick to help those around him whenever he can; in particular younger scouts, or any time there is cooking to be done on camp! When the going gets tough on hikes he might protest a bit but never gives up or stops smiling, and is a boy who can always find the best in any situation. He has had some challenging times recently and had to stop coming to Scouts for a short while, but we are so glad Jay (and his brother and Dad) have been able to take part once again – Jay is a pleasure to spend time with and we are very proud of the way he has gained skills and confidence in Scouting since his very first camp. Well done Jay!
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Benedict PearceCongresbury Youth ClubBenedict started volunteering with us last June whilst undertaking his DofE award helping every Thursday (unless starring in West Side story) on a Thursday evening.Benedict had previously been a keen member of the youth club for some years so it seemed a natural progression for him to become a volunteer. Working with Benedict over this past year has been an absolute pleasure; I feel his key attributes are his kindness, enthusiasm, organisational skills (not always cooking). We recently ran an intergenerational arts project with Senior Citizens from Congresbury and Benedict was amazing with them and struck up a great friendship with one of the seniors and still to this day is in touch on Facebook.As well as volunteering with us and doing Ten Tors in Dartmoor with Venture Scouts, Benedict is also a keen rugby player at Winscombe rugby club sings with Churchill Gospel Choir and recently had a starring role in West Side Story!
Congresbury Youth Awards 2016Izzy HurcombeCongresbury Youth PartnershipIzzy started with us doing her D of E award and regularly helping out at our Saturday morning club.Whilst working with Izzy over the past 4 months I have noticed significant changes in her development. Izzy is always early and enthusiastic when she arrives, she is always happy to help and will do anything asked of her.Over the past 4 months it is clear Izzy’s confidence has grown, which has had a positive effect on her interaction with the children and young people within the group. Izzy regularly helps with program planning and quite often leads certain activities both on a regular club morning and holiday activities.