Garda Youth Awards are launched
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 emma.j.skin[email protected] Garda.ie
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