Search begins for Young Citizen

The search is on to find Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year 2013.

Lancashire’s High Sheriff, Ann Dean, wants to hear about all kinds of projects – from those that help make local communities safer and better places to live to those which help to regenerate deprived areas, or those which help people to build confidence and unlock their true potential.

The Young Citizen of the Year Awards take place every year and involve the High Sheriff inviting applications to find a young person, ideally aged up to the age of 21, who has helped either their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.

BAE Systems are again the title sponsor for this year’s awards.

Ian Wood, Site Director at BAE Systems, said: “We are still extremely proud to be associated with the Lancashire Young Citizen of the Year.

“It is great to be part of a scheme that recognises and celebrates young people’s achievements and acknowledges the contribution that they make to their communities.

“Young people can often be portrayed in a negative way but the fact is, troublemakers are in the minority, and they are far outweighed by the thousands of youngsters who make a valuable contribution to their communities each day.

Winners and runners up are selected by the High Sheriff and a panel of judges from the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime, Lancashire Constabulary, BAE Systems and the former High Sheriff Rodney Swarbrick, who initiated the award.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan said: “I am really looking forward to seeing what fantastic entries we get this year.

“The great work of the youngsters never ceases to amaze me, and it is right that we recognise their wonderful achievements.”

All finalists will be invited to attend a presentation in March, 2014 when the winner will receive £250 plus a specially commissioned trophy and certificate. Two runners up will also receive £100 and a certificate.

Application forms can be completed online at www.lanpac.co.uk or at www.lancashire.police.uk or from the LANPAC office on 01772 412372 or local police stations.