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Children’s Champion

Children’s Champion

Scouting was brought back to Goldthorpe following a 12-year-absence by working mother-of-two Helen Wright.

Helen, 38, of Cherry Grove, Goldthorpe, is a scout leader and not only had the idea, but ensured it happened.

The group means a great deal to the community and the kids are now having some great experiences including sleepovers, day visits, camping and fundraising.

Helen was completely shocked to have been named Children's Champion of the Year, but said the kids made everything worthwhile.

She said: "I'm immensely proud, but shocked. I do it for the kids and because I have a passion for it - I didn't think I would win an award for doing something that I enjoy.

"I've been involved in Scouting for a few years and I had seen a need for children in and around the area. There was nothing for them.

"I enjoy seeing the children grow and enjoy bringing out their confidence and showing them they can do things they never thought they would be able to do.

"I see what benefits it brings to the children, just talking them for a walk in the woods or taking them camping."

This award will go to an individual who works tirelessly to inspire children and young people.

This person will be someone who has helped either one or a number of kids to go further, push harder and achieve more, providing the support they need to overcome life’s problems and barriers.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.

  • What does this person do or say that is inspiring?
  • How has this person helped young people to achieve their goals and overcome any barriers?
  • Tell us how this person is a great advocate for youngsters and dispels any negative views held about of the youth of today?
  • What sort of extra things does this person organise or help do? How do they go the extra mile?
  • Has this person done something really special to help you or someone you know?

People nominated for this award could be youth workers, health workers, teachers, teaching assistants, a school nurse or social workers. They could even be a relative, friend or sports coach who has gone over and above what is expected to help children and young people.