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11 October, 2006

National Youth Charity Awards to be presented at Treasury

On Thursday 12 October, the Citizenship Foundation will be holding the Giving Nation Awards for Charitable Action at HM Treasury, from 3-4pm where young people from 10 schools around the UK will be presented with awards for their charity action, fundraising and volunteering.

The overall winners are Torry Academy, Aberdeen and Kings Mill School, East Yorkshire.

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.

The top prize is a chance to experience a charity project first hand. This year students from Torry Academy and Kings Mill, a residential special needs school, will spend a week with the National Trust on the Welsh coast. They will take part in outward bound activities such as kayaking and biking, conservation tasks and team building activities to ensure that the young people, regardless of their ability, have the opportunity to experience all that the countryside has to offer.

Participating teams raised money and awareness about projects through a range of activities, including a Sleepout 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.

The Torry team spoke about their entry: “It was ace to get a prize for the web diary. We meet every week to write campaign letters to MPs and to organise charity events. We even invited Anne Begg, our local MP to the school to quiz her about child poverty .She said the best way to keep pressure on people in power is by writing to people like her about what we think. That’s exactly what we do. It’s good to know that you can really make a difference”.

Andy Tearle, Assistant Head at the KingsMill school added: “Our Giving week is now imbedded in the school curriculum, every year the students decided how they are going to organise their fundraisers, include the whole community and get parents and the rest of the school to support them.”

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.”

Notes for editors:


For further information, photos, or to attend, please contact Catherine Torazzo, PR Officer, at catherine.dawson@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

0207 566 5034 / 07813035788

1. Giving Nation www.g-nation.co.uk is part of the Citizenship Foundation, an independent charity that aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, it focuses particularly on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. The Foundation's work, across the UK and internationally, includes resources, training, active learning, community projects and research.

2. Giving Nation (G-Nation) supports and promotes young people’s learning and engagement in charitable activity, volunteering and campaigning through free school resources, an online awards programme and a web community at www.g-nation.co.uk

3. The Giving Nation School Awards programme offers awards to schools committed to charitable giving in regions around the U.K. 10 schools have won awards in 2006.

Overall Winners: Torry Academy,Aberdeen

Special Award: The Kings Mill School, Driffield

South East: Joint winners: Felpham Community College, Bognor Regis and The Channel School, Folkestone

London: Plumstead Manor School, Greeenwich

South West: The Grove School, Shropshire

East & Yorkshire,Joint winners: Hereford Technology Schoo and Loughborough High School

North:Queen Elizabeth School in Carnforth, Lancashire

4. To view the school’s award winning entries visit:


5. Photo Call – Westminster Bridge, 11.45 am 12 October 2006. For more details contact: catherine.dawson@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk, 0207 566 5034

6. The Giving Nation Resource Pack, developed in association with the DfES, enables teachers to meet Citizenship curriculum targets through charitable activity in schools and includes lesson plans, teacher notes, project materials and activity ideas. In 2005-6 it was sent free to 4,000 subscribing secondary schools. It contains modules on charitable giving, and volunteering for young people.

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