Awards success for Hive Youth Zone members

The Hive Youth Zone is celebrating an awesome foursome of awards for its young members – both locally and nationally.  

Young people taking part in a range of projects with Wirral’s youth zone, on Bright Street in Birkenhead, have been named champions in a range of areas from team working to dignity in the community.  

The youth zone – which has 2,800 members from across Wirral and offers universal sessions for juniors aged 8-12, seniors aged 13-19 (up to 25 with an additional need) and ‘HiveAbility’ sessions for young people with an additional need, as well as specialist project nights – has seen the run of winners at award ceremonies and events around the country in recent weeks:  

  • Senior members Charlotte (15), Angelos (15) and Kiara (18) were all nominated for LFC Foundation Community Awards. Charlotte won the Dignity Award for her work on projects including an event for local refugees and on the cost of living challenges for young people, and was also named the foundation’s young person of the year 
  • The Hive’s junior kit car team – which has built and raced a battery-powered car against other young teams at two racetracks so far this season – was awarded the ‘Spirit of Greenpower’ award by race organisers the Greenpower Trust 
  • Senior member Ian (17), was named Dallaglio RugbyWorks’ North West champion for his “outstanding dedication, skill, and sportsmanship both on and off the field!” Hive Sports Coordinator, Emma Langhorn, was also nominated in the awards’ ‘Teacher of the Year’ category by DRW, which runs its award-winning programme from The Hive every week 
  • The Hive’s team of young Ambassadors – young people who represent The Hive in the community and lead projects on social issues which members care about – won the YKids Believe Duncan, Newlands and Fresh Awardfor making a difference to the health and wellbeing of others, improve the offer for young people and ensure young people’s voice is heard.  
Dallaglio RugbyWorks winners with Hive member Ian, front row second from R

Hive CEO, Jayne Wilson, said, “We’re so proud to see all of these Hive members being recognised for their values, passions and talents and it’s a privilege for The Hive to play even a tiny part in helping them to achieve their potential. For a member of The Hive’s team to have national recognition, as well, was an incredible endorsement of the quality of the youth work in this building.”   

LFC Foundation – which uses The Hive as one of its community hubs – said its awards are “dedicated to honouring individuals from across the Merseyside area who have demonstrated exemplary service, dedication and commitment to improving their community”. 

The Hive’s award-winning junior kit car team and volunteers

The Greenpower Trust said its Spirit Award goes to “…the team deemed best by the judges for working through adversity, supporting fellow competitors, and all round holding themselves to a high standard in line with the values of the Greenpower project”. 

Claire Morgans, CEO of Ykids, said, “So many young people are selflessly serving their communities and we want them to know they are seen and valued, and Merseyside has many amazing young people to be proud of.” 

Lead image: Hive Ambassadors with Hive CEO Jayne Wilson (second from L) and Youth Voice lead Bex Pollard (third from L) 

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Charlotte, winner of LFC Foundation Dignity and Young Person of the Year awards with former LFC player David Fairclough and Chesney Taylor from the foundation