Spotlight on young people's success at Denbighshire Youth Awards

The success of young people across Denbighshire was celebrated at the prestigious  2017 Youth Service Awards, hosted in St Asaph recently.

A significant amount of entries were received for the awards,  held at the OPTic Centre on the St Asaph Business Park.  The Awards play a significant role in recognising the achievements of young people and the contribution that youth work makes to their lives.

Denbighshire Youth Service works with over 4000 young people throughout Denbighshire. The service works in youth centres, community buildings, churches and in rural communities as well as in multi-use games areas in towns and villages. It delivers educational packages through various schools, both delivered in the classroom and as alternative provision at our bespoke youth centre sites.

The service also works with over 450 young people a year to accredit learning up to Level two and support the delivery of training to young people and volunteers

There were seven categories in this year’s Awards.  The winners were:  (INSERT NAMES)


Commitment to Personal Development

Elliot Dawson, Rhyl

Sophie Russell, Prestatyn

Aine Smyth-Jones, Prestatyn

Osian Lloyd-Jones, Denbigh


Best Youth Centre Provision

Dyserth Youth Centre


Youth Work Volunteer Award

Jack Feery, Prestatyn


Outstanding Contribution to Others

Meliden Girl Guiding Project, Meliden


Best Project Mental Health Campaign

Denbighshire Youth Council


Young Leader of the Year

Kacey Dallolio , Denbigh

Emily May Jones, Denbigh

Chairman of Denbighshire, Councillor Peter Prendergast, who presented the awards, said: “Meaningful activities led by professional youth workers can have a huge impact on a person’s well-being and attitude.

“The benefits of positive social interaction and sense of belonging should not be underestimated. A programme of positive and meaningful activity that is designed with young people to meet their needs will always have positive impact for young people now and in the future.

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “This positive impact is made possible through joint working with 50 partner agencies through the year. The work includes residential and outdoor activities, rural youth work, running youth clubs, developing and delivering school holiday programmes and personal one to one support.

“We also work with young people to help them gain qualifications and accredited activity, and volunteers play a big part in supporting the wide range of work we do.


“Volunteering in youth work sessions as a young leader is also a great way to get involved within your local community.These awards are not just about youth work, it is also about those people who work behind the scenes to ensure that our local youth provisions run effectively and that there are opportunities for everyone”.

Posted on Thursday 2nd November 2017