Young people congratulated for their hard work and success at YC Hertfordshire Young People's Awards

07 November 2019

88 young people from across Hertfordshire were recognised for their outstanding achievements at Hertfordshire County Council’s YC Hertfordshire Young People’s Awards ceremony at County Hall in Hertford on Wednesday 6th November.

The event took place during National Youth Work Week and highlighted the impact that youth work has in helping young people overcome barriers and fulfil their potential.


Director of Children’s Services Jenny Coles spoke at the event and congratulated the young people on their achievements.

Young people were nominated by their peers and their Youth Workers. This year’s winners included:

  • Tylia, aged 17, from Stevenage, has transformed her life since attending a YC Hertfordshire emotional wellbeing project. She has shown sheer determination in turning her life around and is also a great support to her peers.

  • Georgia, aged 21, from Welwyn Garden City, was awarded for showing selflessness and perseverance while facing many challenges. This year, she helped to organise a programme of motivational events during Feeling Good Week to help other young people.

  • Georgia, aged 17, from Watford, has volunteered weekly at the YC Hertfordshire Empathy Project at Watford General Hospital for the last year. She offers unconditional support to young people in the most difficult of situations – always putting others first and being a positive role model to those around her.

  • Caitlin, aged 16, from Hemel Hempstead, attends an emotional wellbeing and resilience project in Dacorum and received an award for the great progress she has made. She has achieved the goals she set herself and inspired others with her achievements.

  • Jay, aged 18, from Stevenage, has transformed since attending the YC Hertfordshire Identity project, gaining new-found confidence and self-assurance.

  • Shane, aged 22, from Welwyn Garden City, who showed determination and perseverance as he worked with YC Hertfordshire to focus on his goal of working with animals. After successfully completing a college course, he completed work experience and voluntary work before securing a job working on a farm.

  • Nikkie, aged 14, from Watford, was awarded for the huge progress she has made in her relationships with family and friends following personal development sessions with YC Hertfordshire.

  • Jamie, aged 16, from Welwyn Garden City, has gone from being a shy young person who would engage only with his immediate friends, to someone who engages with the whole group and in all activities as well as encouraging others to participate. He acts as a mentor to new young people who join the group, making sure they have friends to talk to and helping them make the most of the sessions.


Jenny Coles said: “What you have achieved has been remarkable. None of us should underestimate the huge challenge it has been for many of you to get to this point and we are really proud of you.”

The awards highlight the range of support provided by YC Hertfordshire which provides targeted prevention and early intervention work in local communities, schools, hospitals, colleges and other settings.