Know a young hero? Nominations now open for the Bristol Young Heroes Awards 2023

By Jill Dando News reporter

The Bristol Young Heroes Awards 2023 nominations were opened on Wednesday 1st February.

There is a new awards category this year of ‘Fundraising Hero’ introduced to recognise the hard work and dedication to raise money and make a noticeable difference for local communities, charities, and other organisations. 

The Bristol Young Hero Awards are celebrating 10 years of young Bristolians doing great things in the community.

This exciting initiative recognises the valuable contribution that Bristol’s young people (aged 11-19) make to the city – particularly those who have overcome difficult circumstances, made a difference in the lives of others, or achieved great things. 

Nominations for the highly sought-after awards are open until 15th March. 

This year’s awards ceremony will return as a live streamed event. A panel of judges will decide on the winners ahead of the awards ceremony, which takes place at The Bristol Harbour Hotel on Friday 7th July. 

There are eleven categories in which people can nominate young people, including the ‘Team of Heroes Award’ this is a group or organisation which has shown exceptional team skills and dedication to benefiting young people in Bristol. 

In addition, there is also the overall Hero award, chosen from the category winners, and the High Sheriff’s Award, which is given to an individual who has shown considerable dedication to the service of young people.

The Bristol Young Heroes Awards, which are now entering their tenth year, were originally set up by the Mayor of Bristol to help showcase and celebrate young people who have overcome adversity to achieve greatness or gone above and beyond to make a positive difference in their community.

For the last seven years, they have been run by Community of Purpose, a charitable organisation dedicated to raising the aspirations of young people across the city. 

Amy Kington, CEO of Community of Purpose, said: “The achievements of these young people are truly inspirational, and the awards are a wonderful way of recognising and rewarding those making positive changes to themselves and their communities.

“The global pandemic called on us to work harder and smarter than ever and it’s amazing that we can celebrate some of the many young people across the city who rose to the occasion, who often don’t get that recognition. 

“Every year these awards get better we are aiming for these to be the best ones yet, so make sure you get those nominations in!”

One of the previous nominees who attended the 2021 launch was Jason Menhinnitt from Bristol, who was nominated for the Action Hero Award in 2021, aged 12. 

Jason said: “It felt amazing to be part of the nomination process, I met so many new people, including other young heroes that had been nominated as well as the fantastic sponsors and team from Community of Purpose. I feel very lucky to have been a part of it.

“Being nominated was an absolute privilege and made me feel valued and showed me that the work I do makes a difference and is recognised and appreciated by others. 

“Since the awards, I’ve joined Community of Purpose in their Break Free holiday hunger programme as well as going to Bordeaux as part of the Bristol Together Championships programme and my involvement in these two programmes gave me the opportunity to continue to make a difference in our community and I’ve had so much fun whilst doing it.”

Three nominees from each category will attend the event as guests of honour with the winning young heroes announced on the night being presented with a trophy to commemorate their achievement. 

Categories for 2023 awards are as follows: 

  • Action Hero
  • Arts & Culture Hero
  • Caring Hero
  • Enterprise Hero
  • Environmental Hero
  • Fundraising Hero
  • Learning Hero
  • Sporting Hero
  • Super Hero
  • High Sheriffs Award
  • Team Award

For more information on how to get involved, for ticket enquiries or to nominate a young person, please look at the Community of Purpose website: 

Follow the awards for the latest information @CommofPurpose on Twitter and Instagram and @CommunityofPurpose on Facebook.

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