BELPER volunteer Adrian Stone has joined forces with musician Tinchy Stryder in calling for greater recognition of positive contributions made by young people.
The duo are urging people to nominate inspiring youngsters for the vinspired National Awards 2012, which celebrate the achievements of extraordinary young volunteers.
The awards are close to Adrian’s heart because he was a winner last year.
Adrian, a volunteer at the Drop Inn centre in Belper, said: “Being a finalist for the vinspired National Awards last year was a really big honour. And going to the awards in London was an absolutely amazing experience.
“There’s such a negative attitude to young people, so it was brilliant to be part of an event that shows all the good things we have to offer.
“If you know a really inspiring young volunteer please nominate them now.
“I’d love to see another volunteer from Belper get to the finals.”
Adrian and Tinchy are calling for members of the public to think of a young person aged between 16 and 25, or a youth worker they know who is doing great things in the community. Finalists will be invited to a star-studded awards ceremony in central London in March 2012.
Adrian won his award for his volunteering work at the Drop Inn, where his role as an inclusion officer has seen him successfully build the self esteem of many young people and also break down barriers and tackle stereotypes.
He has also used his sign language skills to break down the barriers between the deaf and hearing community, has run art workshops and, according to a spokeswoman for vinspired “shown a real level of commitment to volunteering”.
Tinchy said: “Young people get a lot of negative press, but the work that these volunteers do for other people is really positive and they deserve to be shouted about.
“If everyone who knows a great young volunteer nominates them for an award, we can really show what young people have to offer – and inspire even more young people to get involved with volunteering.”
Terry Ryall, from vinspired says: “We at vinspired believe that positive, enthusiastic young volunteers deserve recognition for the amazing contribution they make to their communities.
Nominations must be for voluntary work that has taken place between August, 2010, and July, 2011, and nominees must be living in England. Nominations close next Wednesday, November 30.
For more information about the nomination process visit: http://vinspired.com/nationalawards.