Young Leader Recognition Awards
On Tuesday 8th December British Blind Sport hosted the Young Leader Recognition Awards for Young Leaders that took part in the See My Voice programme.
See My Voice is a sports programme for young people living with sight loss, aged 10-20, which supports them to gain leadership and employability skills through volunteering and an accredited qualification. There were four categories that Young Leaders could be nominated for; Volunteering Hours, Social Impact, Personal Achievement and Volunteering Moment. The fifth category, Outstanding Host Organisation, was for the club, company, charity or organisation that offered an exceptional volunteering experience to Young Leaders.
The Awards celebrated the volunteering achievements of Young Leaders involved in See My Voice, and commemorated three years of the programme. The ceremony was hosted by Tommy Garwood, Project Officer, Alaina MacGregor, CEO of BBS, Kian Saville, Project Support, and Roy Turnham, Paralympian and former England Blind Football player.
Categories and winners
Volunteering Hours Award – Jacob
Jacob achieved a phenomenal amount of volunteering hours; 670 registered with five organisations! His roles included local community clean ups, tour guiding at his school, leading VI cricket sessions and supporting his local cub scouts group.
Social Impact Award – Samantha-Louise
Samantha received the Social Impact Award for her work as part of a team offering opportunities to blind and partially sighted children and young people. One highlight was when Samantha went to an Edinburgh primary school to support a young girl with a visual impairment and teach Goalball to her class. This helped to develop the class’s understanding of visual impairments and increase the young girl’s confidence.
Personal Achievement Award – Charlton and Jack
Charlton and Jack received the Personal Achievement Award. While volunteering at the Brighton FA Talent Hub, supporting the youngest age group, Charlton has developed into a confident coach, with a strong belief in himself and his abilities. This volunteering role has given Charlton a passion to pursue sport as a future career.
Jack has progressed significantly during his time as a Young Leader and volunteer. Currently coaching with Croysutt Warriors Goalball Club, Jack has grown hugely, and acts as a fantastic motivator and supporter to his team. Jack’s hard work lead his novice team to a tournament victory in the 19/20 goalball season.
Volunteering Moment Award – Alex and David
Alex and David received the Volunteering Moment Award. Alex for her volunteering at the See My Voice residential camp in 2019, and David for his volunteering at MK Dons Sport and Education Trust. During a Try VI Sport event, Alex immediately saw that a young girl was shy and needed encouragement. By helping this girl step out of her comfort zone, Alex ensured that she had a fantastic day taking part in different VI sports and making friends.
While coaching the U12 pan-disability group, David supported a young boy with a visual impairment to take part by offering encouragement and adapting the football session. This inspired the young boy’s passion to play, and he has since become a regular attendee and the last player to leave the pitch each week.
Outstanding Host Organisation Award – Lancashire Lions VI Sports Club
Lancashire Lions received the Outstanding Host Organisation Award for their efforts as a provider of voluntary opportunities. Lions have hosted, and continue to host, several Young Leaders, working hard to elevate them to positions of responsibility and leadership which have developed them into confident and independent young people. Lancashire Lions go to every effort to offer sport and opportunity to people with visual impairments in and around Manchester.
Special Recognition - Kian Saville
Lastly, in recognition of his volunteering efforts with British Blind Sport over the last two years, Kian received a CEO Special Recognition Award from Alaina at the end of the ceremony. As one of the first Young Leaders part of See My Voice, Kian has contributed over 700 hours of volunteering across several organisations, including British Blind Sport. Recently, Kian was offered a part-time contract to support with the programme, and this award signifies how valuable Kian has been to See My Voice and British Blind Sport, as both a volunteer and employee.
Congratulations to all winners, and thank you so much to all of those that nominated and were nominated!