Mole Valley’s First Ever Virtual Youth Showcase Awards

For the first time ever, Mole Valley’s Youth Showcase Awards were streamed on social media, with over a hundred viewers joining in to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Mole Valley’s young people. 

This is the sixteenth year the Youth Showcase Awards has been held. It is usually a glamorous, live event hosted by Dorking Halls. The organisers, Mole Valley District Council and Mole Valley’s youth council, Youth Voice, were keen to ensure the winners were still publicly recognised.   

The virtual event took place on the evening of Friday 24 April via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and a digital version of the awards programme was published.

Councillor Hazel Watson, Cabinet Member for Community said, “I am delighted that despite everyone having to stay at home, the Youth Showcase Awards took place to celebrate the talent of young people in Mole Valley this year. I would like to thank Youth Voice for their important role in planning the event, to all of the young people who were nominated and to congratulate everyone who won awards. Well done!”

The event is the main highlight of the young councillors’ year. Every year the Youth Councillors select a chosen charity, which they would like to raise awareness for. Their chosen local charity this year is Leatherhead Youth Project, which helps young people make positive changes in their lives. www.leatherheadyouthproject.com/

Jude Crome, CEO of Leatherhead Youth Project, said “We are really thankful to the Youth Voice panel for choosing us as their charity. We are extremely passionate about supporting local young people. Congratulations to all the worthy winners and well done to all the hard work of the organisers.”

Rebecca Cleary, Leader of Youth Voice has said, ‘We are thrilled to host another successful year of the Youth Showcase Awards! Our excellent team have used their creativity to come up with an alternative way to celebrate the brilliant talent we have in our community. 

We are always looking to expand our team and would like to give everyone the opportunity to get involved. If you are aged between 11-18 and would like to be a part of Youth Voice, email us at youthvoice@molevalley.gov.uk.’

Following hundreds of nominations from across Mole Valley, the award winners are as follows:

The Volunteering Award went to Imogen Edwards, who has shown passion and altruism in all the work she has done. This award was presented by Councillor Mary Huggins, Chairman of Mole Valley District Council.

The Sporting Achievement Award went to Anna Lewis, for her incredible talent in women’s cricket.

The Teamwork Award went to Leatherhead and Dorking Team Gym Women’s National

Youth 10-14, for their dedication and commitment to their sport.

The Outstanding Achievement Award went to Mia Rumbold, who has showed resilience and dignity while battling an illness. This prestigious award was presented by Danesh Amin, the owner of Cocoa Island chocolate company in Dorking. Danesh is also the Chairman of Young Enterprise in the South Surrey.

The Artist Award went to Daisy Streeter, who demonstrates outstanding artistic talent. This award was presented by Claudia Cartwright, Arts and Community Officer at Mole Valley District Council.

The Chef Award went to Courtney Dawkins, who demonstrates immense progress and a genuine passion.

The Musician Award went to Josie Wakefield, someone who has grasped and earned every opportunity that has come her way, achieving great success. This award was presented by the fantastic Ethan Hodges, a local musician from Dorking who made it to the semi-finals of X Factor The Band.

The Dancer Award went to Rhiannon Thomas, an exceptional dancer who is on her way to achieve great things. This award was presented by Helena Pardey-Yralli, a professional dancer from Mole Valley who has achieved great success in the dance industry.

The Drama Award went to Mya Sweeney, an incredible example of resilience through personal struggle, who lets no challenge affect her performance.

The awards video can be watched on the Youth Voice Facebook page as well as Mole Valley District Council’s YouTube channel.

Find out more about Youth Voice www.molevalley.gov.uk/youthvoice

If you are aged between 11-18 and would like to be a part of Youth Voice, email youthvoice@molevalley.gov.uk

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