Essex '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 Daily Echo Southend and Basildon, Daily Gazette Colchester, The Enquirer, Essex Chronicle, Essex County Standard, Yellow Advertiser series, Brentwood Gazette and Harlow Star


 

Zoe volunteers to help service that rejected her

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A Chigwell teenager has used her experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome to help shape a service for young people in the county.



Seventeen-year-old Zoe Poulter, along with other girls from across the county, volunteered to give ideas on a new mental health service to help Essex young people with their problems.



Now Zoe and her colleagues have been nominated for Essex Young People of the Year

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From bullies’ victim to shaping mental health service

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A Colchester teenager has used her experience of being bullied because of her size and weight to help shape a service for young people in the county.



Seventeen-year-old Lauren Gooch, along with other girls from across the county, volunteered to give ideas on a new mental health service to help Essex young people with their problems.



Now Lauren and her colleagues have been nominated

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From eating disorder to helping to shape mental health service

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A Canvey Island young woman has used her experiences of depression, anxiety, stress and an eating disorder to help shape a service for young people in the county.



Twenty-two-year-old Amy Young, along with other girls from across the county, volunteered to give ideas on a new mental health service to help Essex young people with their problems.



Now Amy and her colleagues have

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Young carer Sian finds time to shape new service

A Billericay young carer has used her experience of bringing up a family with seven children to help shape a service for young people in the county.



Nineteen-year-old Sian Fisher, along with other girls from across the county, volunteered to give ideas on a new mental health service to help Essex young people with their problems.


Now Sian and her colleagues have been nominated for Essex Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who give to others.



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Girls share mental health issues to help shape new service

Fifteen-year-old Essex schoolgirl Megan Baker has used her experience of dealing with anxiety to help shape a service for young people in the county.

Four years ago Megan suffered a horrific time when a man vomited continuously during a ride in a cable car – something that has put her off different forms of travel.

But she has learned coping strategies to help her and along with others has volunteered to give ideas on a new mental health service to help Essex young people with their problems.

Now Megan,

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Three of a giving kind at Anglo-European school

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Three pupils at an Essex school who put service to others above self-interest are in a competition that hails the achievements of young people in the county.

Teenagers Sean Trigwell, Amy Shaw and Sophie Meikle have all made an impact doing different things to help in their local community or further afield.

Now all three have been nominated for Essex Young People of the Year, which reveals, recognises and

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Air cadet Beth to fly in RAF Tornado jet

Brentwood air cadet Bethany (Beth) Davies is reaching for the sky – with the help of an RAF Tornado jet as a prize for her knowledge.

But she is also down to earth with her feet firmly on the parade ground putting young cadets through their paces and even helping them with their problems.

Now Beth has landed a place in Essex Young People of the Year, a competition that highlights the achievements of positive role models.

The annual contest has £2400 to be won by young people as a joint awards ceremony for Essex and

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Nishall is a Harlow-loving, community dynamo

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Teenager Nishall Garala who spends a lot of time helping the community in Harlow is in a competition that hails the achievements of young people in Essex.

Nishall has won awards for his volunteering which include being a youth councillor, a student governor at Harlow College, liaising with local police, helping local residents and even promoting his home town.

Now he has a chance to win another award as an

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Pain behind smile of Clacton's carnival queen

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Thousands who watched Clacton Carnival procession would not have known what lay behind the smile of the event's queen Kerryalice Hartnett.

For 16-year-old Kerryalice has had health problems since she was born which still cause pain, but hid this as she waved to crowds and helped raise money for local charities.

Now Kerryalice really has something to smile about as her proud mum Annette has entered

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Heather, 83, is full of praise for Katie, 16

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A Rochford teenager who helps both old and young people in her local community is in a competition that highlights the achievements of young people in Essex.

Animal-loving Katie Hazle has also helped look after a neighbour's animals and raised money for animal charities.

Now the 16-year-old has been put forward for Essex Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEY’, a contest which reveals, recognises

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