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Nominations Open for Celebrating Young People Awards 2019

Nominations are now open for the fourth Celebrating Young People Awards. The awards –powered by Catholic charity Million Minutes – honour the achievements of young people across the country who make our communities a better place. There are eight award categories, which take their names from Catholic social teaching and recognise the enormous, often unseen, social action of young people.

Parishes, schools and individuals in Arundel and Brighton Diocese are being invited to nominate young people. If you know an unsung hero or heroine or a group that have worked together to help their community put them forward for an award now at www.millionminutes.org/awards. The award nominees will be invited to attend a special ceremony in London’s West End in July. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be the guest of honour and present the Pope Francis Award to one lucky young person.

At the 2017 awards St Paul's Catholic College students Saoirse Murray (14), Finn Murray (12), George Laws (13), and Ella Peck (14) from St Edwards and St Luke’s Parish, Keymer received the Cardinal Hume – Living out the option of the poor Award. The Youth Catholic Council of St Edward’s parish have thrown a spotlight on the issue of rough sleeping. The group started as a few young people trying to highlight the needs of the homeless and rough sleepers to the parish. The young people stood up in front of the parish week after week asking for the community’s support. The young people had a wealth of empathy and asked how they as young people could change the situation for homeless people. The response from the parish was amazing! One of the parish members said, “These young people keep our Catholic community fresh and vibrant.” 

Danny Curtin, CEO of Million Minutes said, “Across the country young people are changing our world in quiet and unassuming ways-week in and week out. It is young people like Saoirse, Finn, George and Ella who inspire the rest of us to live out social action in our communities. Young people get an increasing amount of stick in the media and wider society, but their energy and commitment is so often inspirational. To our Adult & Young leaders reading, this is your call to action: nominate a young person or group you know for a Celebrating Young Peoples Award today.”