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Prize success for Hive Youth Zone members – Birkenhead News

Prize success for Hive Youth Zone members – Birkenhead News

The Hive Youth Zone is celebrating four fantastic awards for its young members, both locally and nationally.

Young people taking part in a range of projects at Wirral Youth Zone, on Bright Street in Birkenhead, have been named champions in a range of areas, from teamwork to community dignity.

The Youth Zone, which has 2,800 members from across Wirral and offers universal sessions for juniors aged 8-12, seniors aged 13-19 (up to 25 with additional needs) and ‘HiveAbility’ sessions for young people with additional needs, as well as specialist project nights, has seen a string of winners at awards ceremonies and events across the country in recent weeks:

  • Senior members Charlotte (15), Angelos (15) and Kiara (18) were all nominated for LFC Foundation Community Awards. Charlotte won the Dignity Award for her work on projects including an event for local refugees and on the challenges of the cost of living for young people, and was also named the foundation’s Young Person of the Year.
  • The Hive junior kit car team, who have already built a battery-powered car and raced it against other young teams at two race circuits this season, were awarded the ‘Spirit of Greenpower’ award by race organisers Greenpower Trust
  • Senior member Ian (17) was named Dallaglio RugbyWorks’ North West Champion for his “exceptional dedication, skill and sportsmanship both on and off the field!” Hive Sports Coordinator Emma Langhorn was also nominated in the ‘Teacher of the Year’ category of the awards by DRW, which runs its award-winning programme from The Hive each week.
  • The Hive’s team of Young Ambassadors – young people who represent The Hive in the community and lead projects on social issues that matter to members – won the YKids Believe Duncan, Newlands and Fresh Award for their contribution to the health and wellbeing of others, improving youth services and ensuring young people’s voices are heard.
Dallaglio RugbyWorks winners with Hive member Ian, front row second from R

Jayne Wilson, CEO of Hive, said: “We are so proud that all of these Hive members have been recognised for their values, passions and talents and it is a privilege for The Hive to help even in a small way to help them reach their potential. For a member of The Hive team to also receive national recognition was an incredible testament to the quality of youth work in this building.”

LFC Foundation – which uses The Hive as one of its community centres – said its awards “are designed to honour individuals from across the Merseyside area who have shown exemplary service, dedication and commitment to improving their community”.

The award-winning junior kitcar team and volunteers at The Hive

The Greenpower Trust said the Spirit Award goes to “…the team deemed by the judges to be the best for overcoming adversity, supporting other entrants and generally holding themselves to a high standard in line with the values ​​of the Greenpower project”.

Claire Morgans, CEO of Ykids, said: ““So many young people give selflessly to their communities and we want them to know that they are seen and valued. Merseyside has many wonderful young people to be proud of.”

Main image: Hive Ambassadors with Hive CEO Jayne Wilson (second from left) and Youth Voice leader Bex Pollard (third from left)

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Charlotte, winner of the LFC Foundation Dignity and Young Person of the Year awards with former LFC player David Fairclough and the foundation’s Chesney Taylor