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2018 YAFTA Awards Launched

2018 YAFTA Awards Launched

Young people from Newry & Mourne Youth Council and Down Youth Council, Education Authority (EA) Youth Service controlled groups attended Newry Youth Resource Centre to officially launch the fifth annual Youth and Future Talent Awards (YAFTA’s) for the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area.

The YAFTA’s aim to highlight the ‘unsung heroes’ throughout the area – those young people, who do not normally receive recognition, for the contribution they make to their families, youth groups, schools and wider community.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council works in partnership with the two Youth Council groups to help ensure the awards are promoted widely across the Newry and Mourne District Council area to help identify the area’s most inspiring young people.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said;

“Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are delighted once again to support the Youth and Future Talent Awards. These awards are an excellent platform to acknowledge and reward the talent and achievements of our area’s most inspirational young people.  

I would encourage people to nominate a young person or group of young people that you know who have gone above and beyond in contributing to their families and communities, giving them the well-deserved recognition for their hard work and effort”.

Speaking also at the launch event Caroline Karayiannis, Senior Youth Officer, EA, congratulated the two Youth Councils on their collaborative efforts in planning and organising the Awards; 

”The YAFTA Awards provide an opportunity to recognise and reward the selfless and creative efforts of young people as they better the lives of the people around them and promotes a very positive awareness around young people’s contribution in the local community.

“The commitment of both of the Youth Council groups to work collaboratively to facilitate the YAFTA event has been tremendous.  The young people from Down Youth Council are also delighted to be hosting the Awards within their own local area this year and look forward to rewarding the talent and achievements of the area’s most inspirational young people.”

The YAFTA’s are awarded in seven categories: Good Relations Voice of Young People; Innovation & Creativity; Community Safety; Young Carer; Inspirational Young Person and Inclusion.

The Awards ceremony is only made possible by the generous support of local businesses, statutory and community organisations.

Nomination forms are now available to be collected from the Ballymote Youth Wing, Ballymote Sports and Wellbeing Centre, 96 Glebetown Drive, Downpatrick, BT30 6PX or by contacting Down Youth Office on 02890566865. 

The closing date for completed nomination forms is Friday 23rd February 2018 at 5.00pm.


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