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Gedling teenager recognised at county-wide youth awards night for volunteering efforts

Gedling teenager Kieran Frankland has been named as this year’s county-wide winner of the 4Uth awards at a recent event at County Hall. 

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Gedling teenager Kieran Frankland has been named as this year’s county-wide winner of the 4Uth awards at a recent event at County Hall. 

The 4Uth awards are a Nottinghamshire County Council initiative to celebrate the achievements of young people across the county. 

The 17-year-old, who has autism, was nominated for his time and hard work helping his local community, supporting other young people and improving services.

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CELEBRATION: The awards ceremony was held at County Hall for the first time since the start of the pandemic

As well as volunteering at the Trussell Trust foodbank, he fundraises for the East Midlands Blood Bikes and is an active senior member of his local Boys’ Brigade. Kieran has been a member of Voice of Adoption for many years, setting up activity days for children and young people who are adopted. Alongside this, he is involved in the Nottinghamshire Pioneers Youth Forum for young, adopted people with disabilities and represents voices of adoption on the Nottinghamshire young people’s board.

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Councillor Tracey Taylor, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Kieran is such a worthy winner and it was a privilege to present him with this award. What stood out about him is his commitment to getting involved, helping others and making a difference. 

“It’s significant to note just how many groups he’s been involved in and from such a young age. He has a drive to help other people and making sure their voices can be heard.  

“The sheer tenacity and energy that he’s shown is absolutely exceptional and I am delighted that he is our overall winner this year.”

Commenting on all of the young people who were praised for their accomplishments and who received district awards at the event, Councillor Taylor went on to say, “These awards are now in their 11th year and the one constant is the young people’s ability to impress us. I am thrilled that we gathered here to celebrate these young people for their hard work and resolve in facing challenges, and for their many achievements. They are all commendable winners and very special young people that Nottinghamshire can be rightly proud of.”  

Returning to County Hall for the first time since the Covid pandemic, the ceremony saw eight young people presented with a district award in recognition of their efforts.  

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Attendees enjoyed music from local groups, winners’ inspiring stories and refreshments. 

For more details about the awards visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/4uth

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