Youth Excellence Awards
18 November 2015
BCSP Youth Excellence Awards
The BCSP Youth Excellence Awards were celebrated last week at Tally Ho on 11th November giving guests the opportunity to listen to the amazing achievements and acts of kindness carried out by our young people – some of whom have overcome huge obstacles to make a success of not only their own lives but the lives of others.
We received an outstanding amount of nominations for each award and after reading each one, the panel were left feeling inspired by the talent, generosity and spirit of these young people.
A total of 58 young people were rewarded at the ceremony who came from 20 schools within Birmingham.
Pictured: Head of Community Safety, Mashuq Ally with runners up L-R: Reece Knox, Zainab Hines and winner, Umair Ishfaq
Awards were presented for 11 categories:
- The Positive Change Award
- The Youth Service Award
- Significant Contribution to the Community
- Volunteer/Carer of the Year Award
- Team of the Year Award
- Community Safety Award
- Inspirational Leadership Award
- Peer Support Award
- Special Recognition Award
- Partnership Award
- Bilie-Jayne Fulford Award
Councillor Penny Holbrook added: “It was a great pleasure to present the ‘Inspirational Leadership Award.’ The experiences and stories that were re-told that evening show what an amazing young community we have in Birmingham and how awards such as this are essential in recognising the contributions our young people make. “
This event is the first citywide awards ceremony supported by BCSP’s Youth Violence Priority Group. Over the last five years, the group has developed a network of Police and Schools Partnerships across all districts where on a weekly basis, police and schools share information on crime, ASB, missing persons and other areas of activity. There have been awards ceremonies held across the districts over this time, but this is the first city-wide ceremony.
Guests invited to the ceremony included runners up and winners of the awards, parents, teaching staff, mentors, youth workers, councillors and police staff.
The Partnership Award The Partnership Award went to Rob Pedley (West Midlands Police) Marcia Shakespeare & Alison Cope who have since 2010, been delivering the Precious Lives presentation to approximately 80,000 young people in schools. The aim of the programme is to de-glamorise guns
Since 2010, the Precious Lives presentation has been delivered to approximately 80,000 young people by PC Rob Pedley with Marcia Shakespeare as guest speaker and, as of March 2015, Alison Cope. The aim of the programme is to de-glamourise guns, knives and gangs and present the real dangers faced by young people if they choose to carry a weapon or associate with a gang. By giving students accurate and honest information, it allows them to weigh up the options, identify the risks and consequences and make informed choices. Throughout it is continually highlighted that every individual is responsible for every choice that they make. They are not told what choice they should make but the message is powerfully sent that the wrong choice made in a split second can affect many lives.
Often describing the “stunned silence” of usually vocal students, schools have booked the presentation year on year, which is a real testimony to the quality and impact they see in the presentation. Furthermore, school leaders have reported that incidences of weapons found in young people’s possession in schools are significantly reduced following the presentation demonstrating real impact on preserving safety in the community. Rob continues to develop the programme which shows no sign of losing its tremendous impact and interest from schools. Marcia’s legacy is sustained by Alison who, with over 100,000 Facebook and Twitter followers, is reaching out effectively to young people who either knew her son, Joshua, or follow his music.
Rob, Marcia and Alison have selflessly relived the traumatic events around their personal experiences and shared the devastating impact on their lives to tens of thousands of young people for the purpose of safeguarding their futures.
Dawn Roberts, Assistant Director for Early Help said: “Presenting the ‘Partnership Award’ was an honour. Rob, Marcia and Alison have worked tirelessly with young people in Birmingham to protect them despite the personal tragedies that they have had to face. Their commitment to keeping young people safe in Birmingham deserves to be publicly recognised.”