Monday, 20 January 2014

Young People In Care Volunteers Win Top Regional Award

Young people in Cambridgeshire who volunteer to represent young people in care have been named as regional winners of a top national award.

The Voices Matter Group, who are either in care or have been in care themselves, have won the regional heat of the vInspired National Awards.

Now in its 5th year, the vInspired National Awards, in association with RBS Early Careers, celebrate the achievements and dedication of young volunteers and the youth workers who support them. They aim to challenge negative attitudes towards young people by highlighting the creativity, motivation and generosity of some of the most inspiring young volunteers in the country.

The Voices Matter Group has been named regional winner for the East in the Team Activity category. The Voices Matter Group represents young people in care with Cambridgeshire County Council. The group meets to discuss issues and policies affecting young people in care in their area.  In the past year they have also visited the Houses of Parliament to represent the views of children in care and have made two short films which are used to train new foster carers and social workers.

Cllr David Brown, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services said: “It is a great honour for the team to win this award.  They don’t volunteer for recognition - helping people is enough motivation. But it’s great to know that people appreciate what they do. It’s brilliant that these awards not only celebrate the benefits of volunteering, but also inspire young people to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.”

Terry Ryall, Chief Executive of vInspired CEO added: “The Voices Matter Group are a complete inspiration. As a regional winner in the Team Activity category you need to demonstrate a complete dedication to volunteering and show how you have built positive relationships, brought people from diverse backgrounds together and strengthened communities. The Voice Matters Group have done all this and more and should be immensely proud of their achievements.”

Katie Llewellyn-Cripps, from RBS Early Careers and Campus Marketing, said: “As part of our Early Careers scheme we are committed to celebrating the outstanding achievements of young volunteers and supporting young people on their journey through education into employment. Volunteering is extremely important because it gives young people so many transferable skills for the working world that they might not learn through education, as well as the confidence to thrive in a competitive environment. We’re proud to partner with vInspired on the National Awards and it’s amazing to see the great work that volunteers such as The Voice Matters Group are doing across the country.”

The regional winners will be shortlisted to national finalists in February with the national award winners revealed at a star studded awards ceremony at the Indig02 in London on 27 March.