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.
Carillion Integrated Services
One Euston Square (8th Floor)
40 Melton Street
London NW1 2FD
Telephone: 020 7901 3200www.carillionplc.com
Carillion is a FTSE 250 services company employing around 40,000 people in the UK, Canada and the Middle East. It is strongly committed to working within the education sector and as a major employer, has a vested interest in developing successful, capable young people.
Carillion has considerable experience in every aspect of a school’s life cycle – from designing and building space that creates the best possible environment for learning, right through to the everyday needs of its property maintenance.
But it’s not just the buildings that Carillion is interested in. The company believes that the success of its business is built on the success of individuals. Carillion’s training is directly linked to the sector skills councils and it understands the link through from education to business.
It also believe that individuals succeed when they are part of thriving communities. This award-winning commitment to sustainability puts communities at the heart of all it does.
Carillion has become an approved academy sponsor through the Carillion Academies Trust which is a company limited by guarantee in its own right and operating outside of the Carillion business, but is supported by Cambridge Education, Young Advisors and Carillion Plc.
Carillion’s involvement in the education sector means it is extremely proud to sponsor the Children’s Champion category.
Carillion contract manager, Stuart Locking, said: “Carillion have a strong presence in the education market and we are the UK’s largest provider of construction apprenticeships.
“We are committed to making a difference to the communities in which we work, so for us the Children’s Champion’s category is particularly important as it celebrates people and organisations who have helped improve the quality of life of the young people they work with in Barnsley.
“The winner of this category will be someone who believes in young people and the contribution they make to thriving communities.
“Our company motto at Carillion is ‘making tomorrow a better place’, something we strive to do through transforming delivery and valuing partnership.”