Bedfordshire '15

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Here is a selection of the entries in this YOPEY... Do you know someone like them? Then nominate!

 

Articles reproduced from newspapers and websites with thanks to Luton News, Dunstable Gazette, Bedford Times & Citizen, Leighton Buzzard Observer, Biggleswade Chronicle, Luton on Sunday and Bedfordshire on Sunday


 

Young connect over OCD, bereavement and families

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Three young people from Luton and Dunstable are among a group of Bedfordshire young people with mental health issues who have won through to the final of the YOPEY awards.

Ciara Dineen, Lydia Banton and Charlotte Cox are part of a group called Connect which is raising awareness of mental health and want to remove the stigma that prevents many people from being open about their problems.

The group was nominated for Atlas Young People of

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Finalists go public with mental health issues to help others

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Three young people from Central Bedfordshire are among a group of Bedfordshire young people with mental health issues who have won through to the final of the YOPEY awards.

Antony Sibley, Callum Gebbie and Becky Bartlett are part of a group called Connect which is raising awareness of mental health and want to remove the stigma that prevents many people from being open about their problems.

The group were nominated for Atlas

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Gracie helped with depression since age of 7

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A Kempston girl is among a group of Bedfordshire young people with mental health issues who have won through to the final of the YOPEY awards.

Fourteen-year-old Gracie Powell, of Adamson Walk, is part of a group called Connect who are raising awareness of mental health and want to remove the stigma that prevents many people from being open about their problems.

The group was nominated for Atlas Young People of the Year awards –

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Sisters help save Brownies from closing

Two Luton sisters who help save a unit of Brownies from closure are in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

Seventeen-year-old Freya Waller and 15-year-old sister Elisha helped the 6th Stopsley Brownies keep meeting when the adult leader had to leave last year.

A new leader was eventually found but without Freya’s leadership skills and Elisha’s understanding of the Brownies the unit of 15 seven to 10-year-olds would have closed.

Now the sisters have

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Keliyah carries on giving through double family trauma

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An inspirational girl, who has coped with family tragedy yet still manages to think of others first, is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

Keliyah Morodore-Spencer's life was turned up side down when her nan had cancer and another close relative died in childbirth. Yet despite the traumas she always ensured her family was cared for  – before herself.

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Inspired by their mums, teens battle gales and fog on walk

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While many teenagers were putting their feet up after exams or sunning themselves on a beach, Hannah Place and Jade Moss were battling driving rain, fog and gales as well as barbed wire and slippery rocks to raise money for charities close to their hearts.

Hannah, aged 15, and 16-year-old Jade are on target to raise £3,000, split between Cancer Research UK and the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society after tackling a big chunk of the famous

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Beth battles back from a stroke at 17 to a new life

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Beth Sinfield went to bed a fit and healthy 17-year-old, dreaming of a career as a veterinary nurse, and woke up unable to speak or move.

At hospital staff thought she was drunk or had taken drugs. A day later a scan revealed she had suffered a massive stroke and it looked as if she would never walk or talk and would have to be fed through a tube.

That was three years ago. Now, through sheer determination she is walking, talking

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Becky is a volunteering powerhouse for Scouts

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A caring young woman who has blossomed from a shy teenager to a volunteering powerhouse supporting Leighton Scouts is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

Becky Skinner became a young leader for the 1st Linslade Beaver at just 14 and since then her patient and caring nature has made her valued and loved by her group of 6 to 8 year-old children. Dealing with such young children

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Young people connect with others over mental health

A group of Bedfordshire young people who are raising awareness of mental health issues are in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

Seven young people who have used ‘CHUMS’, the Bereavement Trauma & Emotional Wellbeing Service, or CAMHS, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, have formed a group called Connect.

Now the group – which aims to help children and young people aged from 4 to 18 - has been nominated for the Atlas Young

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Sharna and Peter make club for disabled people sparkle

Two outstanding young people who have committed themselves to a social club for people with learning disabilities are in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

As a young chairperson for the Sparkle Club in Bedford, Sharna Raine has injected her own form of passion to help run it – inspiring the board and members alike.

Meanwhile Peter Ireland – who has learning difficulties - has become an inspiration to all at the club, held at Putnoe Primary School,

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