Garda Youth Awards are launched

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

THE Wick­low Garda Youth Awards cam­paign has been launched for its fourth year, with nom­i­na­tions be­ing sought from across the county.

‘Wick­low Gar­dai recog­nises that a lot of great work is be­ing done by the young peo­ple in many com­mu­ni­ties through­out County Wick­low. We wish to ac­knowl­edge and re­ward this work through the Garda Youth Awards,’ said the county di­vi­sion in a state­ment.

‘Awards will be con­sid­ered for nom­i­nated young peo­ple who, by their pres­ence, make their com­mu­ni­ties or so­ci­ety in gen­eral, a bet­ter place to live in.

‘There will also be awards for groups of two or more young peo­ple whose com­bined ef­forts con­trib­uted pos­i­tively to their com­mu­ni­ties or oth­ers in gen­eral.’

Spe­cial Achieve­ment awards will be con­sid­ered for young peo­ple who have de­fied the odds or over­come dif­fi­cul­ties dur­ing their lives.

‘We also have a new cat­e­gory this year, the Com­mu­nity Safety Award. This award will be pre­sented to an in­di­vid­ual that has made their com­mu­nity a safer place to live through a crime pre­ven­tion or safety ini­tia­tive or in­no­va­tion.’

The awards are for young peo­ple aged be­tween 13 and 21, per­ma­nently liv­ing in County Wick­low. They will be given both to in­di­vid­u­als, and groups of two or more.

The dead­line is Feb­ru­ary 4, and there will be an awards cer­e­mony held in March.

This year the Garda Youth Awards have gone na­tional and all of the forms and judg­ing pro­ce­dures have been stan­dard­ised.

The nom­i­nee that achieves the high­est score in each of the four cat­e­gories will be sent for­ward to the Na­tional Garda Youth Awards Com­pe­ti­tion, which will be held in the Garda Train­ing Col­lege in Tip­per­ary in April 2019.

Nom­i­na­tion forms will be dis­trib­uted widely, through­out the whole county, to youth clubs, sports clubs, sec­ondary schools and lo­cal Garda Sta­tions.

They can also be ob­tained via the face­book page ‘Wick­low Garda Youth Awards’ or by email­ing­[email protected]

Any mem­ber of the pub­lic, in­clud­ing gar­daí, can nom­i­nate any­one whom they feel de­serves an award. Fam­ily mem­bers can also make nom­i­na­tions.

The judg­ing panel con­sists of six in­de­pen­dent and im­par­tial peo­ple who work within County Wick­low and deal with youth af­fairs on a daily ba­sis.They are: youth of­fi­cer for KWETB Al­i­son Fox; co­or­di­na­tor of Wick­low Chil­dren’s and Young Per­sons Ser­vices Com­mit­tee Fion­nu­ala Curry; re­gional man­ager of the ISPCC An­drew Jack­son; Kay O’Con­nor of SICAP, County Wick­low Part­ner­ship; Mary Fog­a­rty, Bray Peo­ple; and In­spec­tor Sea­mus Roth­well of Bray Garda Sta­tion.

The project team is led by Garda Emma Skin­ner, a Ju­ve­nile Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer based in Bray Garda Sta­tion, and con­sists of Garda Alan Thomp­son, Grey­stones com­mu­nity polic­ing; Garda John Thomp­son, Bray com­mu­nity polic­ing; Garda Claire O’Sul­li­van, Bray district clerk; Garda Joe Ah­ern, Bray Garda Sta­tion, and Garda Keith Keat­ing, Bray Garda Sta­tion.

The awards are spon­sored by Wick­low County Part­ner­ship with me­dia spon­sors the Bray Peo­ple and Wick­low Peo­ple.

nspec­tor Sea­mus Roth­well, Su­per­in­ten­dent Pat Ward, Garda Clair O’Sul­li­van, Mary Fog­a­rty (Bray Peo­ple), Garda Sinead Bros­na­han, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Quirke, Ais­ling Byrne County Wick­low Part­ner­ship and Garda Emma Skin­ner

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