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Mayor's Youth Awards

Rochdale Youth Service holds an annual Mayor's Youth Awards event.

It gives us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the fantastic achievements, contributions and developments of young people across the Rochdale borough.

Nominate a young person

We're looking for nominations to recognise young people who've made a real difference to the people in their lives. Whether it's through work in the community, a sporting achievement or commitment to their friends and family.

Anyone can nominate a young person who lives in the borough aged 11–19, or up to 25 if they've a disability.

These awards are in recognition of young people's achievements and contributions towards enhancing the wellbeing of young people and their local communities. This is a great opportunity to recognise those who have helped others through this challenging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

How to nominate a young person

Please complete the entry form below.

Please write clearly and continue on a separate sheet if necessary. You can include press cuttings, leaflets, letters of support from other individuals and photos to support your nomination.

Please email your nomination form to

Alternatively, you can post your nomination form to Matthew Moss Youth Centre, Matthew Moss Lane, Rochdale OL11 3LU. Find Matthew Moss Youth Centre on Google Maps 

Closing date for nominations

The closing date for nominations is 12 midnight, Friday, 25 February 2022.

Shortlisting and winners

The young people’s judging panel will discuss and choose the winning nominations, which will be announced and presented with an award at the Mayor’s Youth Awards Ceremony on Monday, 21 March 2022 at Middleton Arena, Lance Corporal Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton M24 1AG. Find Middleton Arena on Google Maps

All nominees will be invited to the event and presented with a certificate by local dignitaries. Each nominee can bring a maximum of 3 guests.

Please ensure the information provided is clear and includes contact details of the nominee(s).

The judges will be reading many applications, so informative evidence will help your application stand out to the young people’s panel. 

2019 winners of the Mayor's Youth Awards

On Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at Rochdale Town Hall, the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Billy Sheerin, presented all the winners with their awards. We received 36 nominations for the awards. All the nominees were also presented with a certificate from the Mayor.

You can view the winners of each award below.

The Yasin Khan Inspiration Award

Winner: Jade Kilduff
The Yasin Khan Inspiration Award went to Jade. Jade's family foster for us and she is an incredible support to her parents and to her brother. Jade has set up 'Sign Along With Us', a daily sign-of-the-day video page which has become an internet sensation.

She also goes into charities, schools and youth groups teaching songs as a fun way to help people learn signs. She volunteers with children with disabilities and does sponsored events for charities which help her brother. Jade has a real determination to improve the lives of those with disabilities.

The Courage and Bravery Award

Winner: Sami Faqir
The courage and bravery award went to Sami Faqir who saved his Grandma from a house fire in 2018.

Influencing Change Award

Winner: 'We Care' Film Group
The Influencing Change Award went to the 'We Care' Film Group. The group worked at Matthew Moss Youth Club with M6 Theatre Company to create an inspirational film. 

The aim of the film is to prevent young children who are in care from being bullied at school and to raise awareness of what being in care means.

Positive Participation Award

Winner: Rochdale Young Carers Group
The Rochdale Young Carers Group won the Positive Participation Award for their dedication and hard work.

They've worked on a number of projects, including raising awareness of LGBT+, having healthy relationships and exploring being a more supportive friend.

Young Volunteer Award

Winner: Rochdale Soup Kitchen Volunteers
The Young Volunteer Award went to William, Chloe and Hashim for their volunteering work at Rochdale Soup Kitchen.

Week in and week out, whatever the weather, they turn up to prepare and make cups of tea and coffee at the kitchen. They've developed a good understanding and relationship of trust with the users.

Resilience Award

Winner: Ellie Thelwell
Ellie Thelwell, 12, won the Resilience Award as she is a carer for her mum who is registered blind due to an accident when she was young. Without Ellie, the family would be more isolated. She is able to guide her mum around unfamiliar places so the family can visit the park or have local days out in the school holidays.

Ellie attends a young carers group for respite for herself where she is able to take part in activities with others. She is a friendly young person who has encouraged other young cares to be at ease.

Raising Morale Award

Winner: Olivia Allan
Olivia Allan won the Raising Morale Award for her inspiring attitude while being treated for a serious condition over several months. She has inspired her relatives to raise almost £1,000 for Cancer Research.

Kenny Farrah Community Award

Winner: Sohail Hussain
Sohail Hussain has been taking part in youth club projects for the last 5 years. He is always looking out for others and has helped remember the late Yasin Khan and Kenny Farrar by helping organise a charity fundraiser for them. He also helped raise over £500 for Children in Need.

More recently Sohail lost his friend, Louis White, who also attended the fundraising sessions. Sohail planned and organised some memorial events for Louis. He wanted to help people remember Louis for all the favourite things he enjoyed.

Sohail is described as a brilliant role model and a true leader for young people. The Kenny Farrah Community Award is a new award for 2019. We created the award in memory of Kenny Farrar who worked tirelessly for his local community.

2018 winners of the Mayor's Youth Awards

On Thursday, 19 April 2018 at Rochdale Town Hall, the Mayor of Rochdale at the time, Councillor Ian Duckworth, presented all the winners with their awards. We received more than 40 nominations for the awards. All the nominees were also presented with a certificate from the Mayor.

You can view the winners of each award below.

Young Person of the Year Award

Molly Howarth receiving award from the Mayor of Rochdale. Winner: Molly Howarth
Molly has shown courage, positivity and determination since being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour during her GCSEs. Despite this she achieved fantastic results, is performing exceptionally well in her band with Rochdale Music Service and is fundraising for Manchester Children's Hospital.

The Courage Award

Winners: Heena Batool and Hadar Shah
Heena and Hadar have made an incredible fundraising effort for Manchester Children's Hospital following a cousin's bone marrow transplant.

Community Cohesion Award

Two members of Smallbridge Youth Group accepting the award from the Mayor of Rochdale. Winner: Smallbridge Youth Group
The group fundraised and worked with young people in the community for Holocaust Memorial Day.

Shining Lights Award

Winners: Ben, Bethany, Jack and Chloe Killgallon
The siblings worked with the youth service and have supported older people in the community.

Determination Award

Sophie Kilroy and the Mayor of Rochdale with the Determination Award. Winner: Sophie Kilroy
Sophie has suffered with childhood cancer but triumphed in dancing and her GCSEs despite her many operations.

Influencing Change Award

Winner: MIND Young Advisors
The group have been working with the LGBT community and also produced an anti-bullying campaign

Young Leader Award

Olivia Maxim receiving award from the Mayor. Winner: Olivia Maxim
Olivia achieved this award for her work with Starlight Circus and supporting other young people.

Young Volunteer Award

Winner: Toby Jackson
Toby worked on many horticulture projects while also volunteering at Cherwell Farm. 

Resilience Award

Suleman Mahmood accepting award from the Mayor of Rochdale. Winner: Suleman Mahmood
Suleman showed resilience through helping his dad by learning sign language.

Young Carer Award

Winner: Sehar Ahmed
Sehar has worked hard and shown dedication to her family and younger brother.

Raising Morale Award

Tom Ferarrie accepting award from Mayor of Rochdale. Winner: Tom Ferarrie
Tom works hard entertaining and raising spirits as a DJ at the youth club he attends.

Environmental Contribution Award

Winner: Middleton in Bloom volunteers
The volunteers suggested Middleton enter the national Britain In Bloom competition and helped the town win a silver medal.

Peer Mentor Award

Paige Bamford accepting award from Mayor of Rochdale. Winner: Paige Bamford
Paige received this award for all the activities she leads at her local youth club and her commitment to supporting others.

Community Contribution Award

Winner: Mitchell Thompson
Mitchell has helped the community by removing graffiti, litter picking and planting floral displays.

Yasin Khan Inspiration Award

Helaina Stone receiving award from Mayor of Rochdale. Winner: Helaina Stone
A new award in 2018 awarded to Helaina who has overcome her physical disabilities to achieve a Gold Duke of Edinburgh award by helping the elderly in a local care home and succeeding in dance exams. The challenges faced by Helaina in successfully completing the expedition element is truly inspiring and fully justifies this special award.

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