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13 October, 2006

Youth Charity Action awarded at Treasury

Young people from around the UK were yesterday awarded for their charity action at the Treasury at the Citizenship Foundation’s Giving Nation Awards for Charitable Action. The awards celebrate what young people can achieve for charities and their local communities.

G-Nation award winners 2006.
Torry Academy with MPs Ed Miliband and Anne Begg
Students from 10 schools were each awarded £1,000 to either donate to a charity of their choice, put towards their school’s future charitable action. The overall winners, Torry Academy, Aberdeen and Kings Mill School, East Yorkshire were also awarded the chance to take part in a National Trust charity project adventure week next Spring.

Together students raised over £84,000 and put in hundreds of hours of volunteering to raise awareness about projects and issues through a range of activities, including a sleep out for a homeless charity, Easter egg collections, fun runs, plays about bullying and a huge range of fundraisers for a number of charities including Christian Aid, Children in Need, the Children’s Hospice Association.

Ed Miliband, Minister for the Third Sector, attended the awards. He said: “The young people recognised by these awards provide a striking counterpoint to the negative stereotypes we often find of young people today.

“Their work is testament to the valuable rewards that charitable action can bring to those doing it, as well the causes that benefit from it. These remarkable young people are in the vanguard of a society in which volunteering has reached record levels and a generation already striving towards making that society fairer, more just and more cohesive.”

Michael Maclay, Chair of Trustees at the Citizenship Foundation praised the achievements of all the schools saying “Giving Nation exists to tell people about all the phenomenal efforts you are making to change the world around you. These projects are fired by realism with a practical edge and are great examples of what active citizenship is all about.”

Martyn from the Channel School team spoke about young people getting involved with charities, saying “Projects like Giving Nation help children to know more about the world around them, through working with charities you are able to have your say and make a real difference.” Fellow student Lynne added “Getting involved in charity work at school teaches younger pupils in the school and people in the local community about charities and what they do. It teaches them about the real issues in the world and helps make the world a better place.”

Director of Participation & Social Action, at the Citizenship Foundation, Andy Thornton, explained: “These awards celebrate the tremendous achievements of schools throughout the country. This is the tip of the iceberg now that so many schools make the connection between their charity and community work and the citizenship curriculum. Students are learning the many ways that we create fair and inclusive societies… from passing fair laws to taking voluntary action. This helps them to see the deeper issues involved and that their efforts can really help to shape the world we live in.”

Run by the Citizenship Foundation, the Giving Nation Awards promote 11-16 year olds’ involvement in charitable giving, fundraising and volunteering, as well as their understanding of the issues involved. Schools can enter through an online awards entry where they can document and reflect on their positive actions throughout the school year.

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