It was double cause for celebration when a group who give a voice to young people in Sheffield scooped two national honours.
Sheffield Young Advisors – made up of teenagers trained to act as consultants on decisions affecting their generation – beat off stiff competition to be crowned winners of the Best Partnership and Best Project awards at a ceremony which brought together similar schemes from across the nation.
The 16- to 19-year-olds, who offer ideas for improvement and support for the city’s youth services, brought home the gongs in recognition of their work with the University Technical College in Shoreham Street and the Children’s Safeguarding Board.
Young advisers sat on the interviewing panel for college staff and contributed their ideas for the design of the build.
They also collaborated with social workers to produce a film about fake IDs, as well as proofing the annual report of the safeguarding board.
Luke Clewes, aged 19, a member of the group, said: “From being part of the interview panel for the vice principal, commissioning the design and build of the site itself including our ideas such as astro-turfing the roof – which they did – it has been a massive team effort.
“It’s great to be recognised for that.”
Fellow Sheffield Young Advisor Laura White said: “The work in partnership with Sheffield Children’s Safeguarding Board was a really interesting project which opened up different opportunities for us while improving services for young people.
“We got the chance to become part of the fake ID film advisors also starred in.”
The project is run by charity Sheffield Futures.
Gary Buxton said: “Sheffield Young Advisors have hit a new high this year. In working with architects, educators and their peer group the team helped UTC Sheffield deliver world-beating facilities, and in working with the safeguarding board on fake ID and illegal tattooing, they’re making Sheffield a safer place for young people.
“Sarah and the team blew away the judges with the significant impact they are making in so many areas of community life.”