Young volunteers commended for their commitment to making a difference in Hertfordshire

31 October 2016

Young people supported by Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions have been recognised for their efforts at the Hertfordshire Year of Volunteering Awards 2016.

Katie Jones, aged 17, was presented with the Young Volunteer of the Year Award, while Youth Connexions 1125 Who Not What Project won the award for Volunteer Team of the Year at the ceremony held last week.

Katie volunteers with St Albans Youth Council and has also trained as a Youth Health Champion.  As a Champion she has worked hard to produce relevant health messages for her peers to support their physical, emotional and social health.

Debi Roberts from Youth Connexions who nominated Katie for the award, said: “Katie works tirelessly for the causes that matter. She supports her friends and is a wonderful role model to the other members of the Youth Council. I cannot recommend Katie highly enough to you and believe her to be a very worthy recipient of this year’s Young Volunteer Award.”

Young People from the 1125 Who Not What Project were awarded first place as Volunteer Team of the Year for ensuring that young LGBT people in communities across Hertfordshire have a voice.

The group of 15 young people, aged 13 to 19, have volunteered more than 1200 hours of their time between them to help shape services for other young people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Their work has helped to secure Hertfordshire County Council the top spot in the Stonewall Equality Index this year and they are now looking to develop their work further with the aid of three years funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Youth Connexions worker Alex Ferguson said: “I consider myself very lucky to be able to work with such a great group of young people who are committed to making life better for young LGBT+, and do so with such great passion and care.” 

Runners up in the Young Volunteer category who Tyla Hamilton who attends Youth Connexions Bennetts End Youth Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Adam Thurston who works at Focus Youth Project in Broxbourne and Thomas Townsend who volunteers at the music studio at the Youth Connexions XC Centre in Hemel Hempstead.


All of the young people were presented with the award by Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council Frances Button.