Young Inspectors scoop national awardPublished Tuesday, 29th November 2016
A dedicated group of young people who rate the services of Rotherham Council were honoured at a prestigious award ceremony last week.
The Council’s Young Inspectors, who were set up last year to give recommendations to services about how they can better serve young people, reached the finals of a national award ceremony last week.
The group, who represent volunteers aged 13-24 from across the borough, were nominated for the ‘Youth Volunteering and Social Action’ award in the national Children and Young People Now awards.
They just missed out on the top spot, and were instead presented with a high commendation for their impressive progress just 18 months since their inception.
Representatives of the team attended the ceremony at Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London, after being put forward and subsequently shortlisted amid other strong candidates from across the country.
Young Inspectors Co-ordinator Ashlea Harvey said: “We were very pleased to have been awarded such a high commendation. It’s an award for the young inspectors themselves, not just us as a team who supports them. The programme is really progressing since we began 18 months ago and we’re proud with what we’ve achieved.”
The ‘Young Inspectors’ were set up in May 2015 with the aim of making sure Children and Young People’s Services are meeting quality standards, and that the voices of children and young people, including the most vulnerable, are listened to and acted upon.
Cllr Gordon Watson, Rotherham Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “To be shortlisted for an award so early on in their existence amongst some well-established national voluntary groups is truly commendable. The team provide a great service to the young people of the borough in getting their voices heard within the council, and despite not winning, they should all be proud of the recognition they earned with their commendation at the ceremony.”
Recruitment for the Young Inspectors is ongoing, with the team looking for new volunteers to join for half term inspections in February 2017. Anyone interested in joining should contact Young Inspectors Co-ordinator Ashlea Harvey