By Stacey Heaney
Colin Area Youth Forum from the
greater Colin area scooped top prize in the
Outstanding Achievement category of the Northern
Ireland Youth Awards 2007. Pictured is Mary Gormley,
former Miss Ireland and Thomas Kane, BBC who hosted
the ceremony, presenting the award to Ciara
Gallagher, Christine McKinney, Aisling Branney,
Danielle Hughes, Melissa McCartan and Aiofe Digney
from the Youth Group.
Local girl Gillian Prescho
from NICE in South Belfast was Runner-Up in the
Volunteer category of the Northern Ireland Youth
Awards 2007. Pictured is Mary Gormley, former
Miss Ireland and Thomas Kane, BBC who hosted the
ceremony with Mary Field from YouthNet
presenting the award to Gillian.
LOCAL young people and youth workers were
celebrating last week as they were recognised at the Youth
Awards Ceremony at Lisburn's Lagan Valley Island Centre on
Thursday May 3.
The Colin Area Youth Forum were the proud
winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award. The group consist
of 10 young people from age 14-18 from the Twinbrook, Poleglass
and Lagmore areas who meet every week to discuss issues that
affect their lives.
Also recognised were the Colin Youth
Development Centre Inclusion Group, Poleglass who were highly
commended in the Inclusion Award category, as was the Lagmore
Health/Arts Programme in the Promoting Health Award category.
Lisburn girl Gillian Presho from NICE was
also honoured as she was named as the runner-up in the Volunteer
Award category. Gillian has been volunteering with NICE for
nearly six years supporting community relations youth work.
The awards, which are now in their second
year, were set up to recognise the achievements, talents and
energy of young people and those who work with them. Sponsored
by the Department of Education, Youth Council for Northern
Ireland and the Health Promotion Agency, the awards were open to
both individuals and groups in seven categories.
Karen Witherspoon, from the Youth Council for
Northern Ireland, the awards organiser said, "We initiated these
awards last year as a way of recognising the exceptional work
carried out by young people and those involved in the Youth
"With almost 20,000 adult volunteers and paid
youth workers, we knew that there was some really exciting and
innovative work being undertaken. These awards are a chance to
celebrate the positive work being carried out and raise
awareness among the public of the contribution young people make