YouthForia Awards honour three young leaders of Tameside

THREE of Tameside’s young leaders, including Stalybridge’s Bradley Gore, are the pride of the North West after winning regional awards.

Joe Magee, Bradley Gore and Emily Sykes

Joe Magee, Bradley and Emily Sykes were honoured in the YouthForia Awards 2018.

The success comes after the trio were all recently elected to leadership roles at Tameside Youth Council, which is supported by Tameside Council.

Every year, Youth Focus North West holds an annual residential for young people from 23 youth councils to celebrate the past year’s achievements.

It gives them the chance to be part of three days of activities and workshops and meet others from across the region.

It includes an awards night with nominations in six categories made by youth workers and other young people.

Joe, Tameside’s Member of Youth Parliament, won the integrity award for individuals/groups who have demonstrated honesty and morality in their role and regularly put others first.

Joe, 15, from Ashton and a pupil at St Damian’s College, was nominated for his passion and drive to achieve outcomes for other young people, because he has dedicated a lot of time to the youth council, never puts himself first and always offers positions to someone else if he feels that they should have the opportunity.

He has a good impact on people with his friendly, outgoing attitude and is always interested in others, making them feel welcome and at ease.

Bradley, who serves as a deputy for Joe and Emily, won the kind and helpful award for individuals/groups who have gone above and beyond to improve the lives of others and have demonstrated kindness and compassion.

Bradley, 15, who attends Stalybridge’s West Hill School, was nominated for his kindness and friendliness, for helping others and making them feel part of the group and at ease.

Emily, 17, a member of Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority, won an achievement certificate after being placed in the top three in the fairness and equality award for individuals/groups who have demonstrated a clear commitment to ensure all members of the community have an opportunity to get involved and have their say.

The Clarendon College student from Dukinfield, who has family in Stalybridge, was nominated for being a positive role model, for her commitment to the roles she’s taken on and for putting herself forward for events and filling in for others.

She has had a positive impact, encouraged others from the community to get involved and made them feel comfortable and part of the group.

Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council’s executive member for children and families, said:

“Congratulations to Joe, Bradley and Emily on winning regional awards.

“They’re doing a great job in representing Tameside’s young people and have already made Tameside proud with this achievement.”

Tameside Youth Council gives young people the chance to influence local decision makers and meets fortnightly at Copley Youth Base.

For more information visit: www.tameside.gov.uk/Policy/Youth-Council

Schools wanting their young people to get involved can call Melissa Hopwood on 0161 342 3799.

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