April 2018 And the winner is…

Crawley Community Awards

On Monday 16th April, the CCYS staff, directors and young leaders donned their glad rags and filed into the Hawth theatre for the Crawley Community Awards.

The awards ceremony, which attracts more than 300 nominations, had been postponed the previous month due to snow.  However, this time, with not a flake in sight, there was nothing to stop the celebrations commending the many unsung heroes of our town.

CCYS had been informed of their nomination for an award, but were unaware which of the 16 categories they had been put forward for. After the first few awards had been announced, interspersed with music and dance from local groups, Inspector Joanne Webb of Crawley Police was invited to present the award for best support group.

At the words “And the winner is….Crawley Community Youth Service” there was a moment of shock and hesitation before two rows of the theatre marched onto the stage to enthusiastic applause.  Dave Savage told the audience about the many activities and events offered by CCYS saying “We try to give young people opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have”.  There was also a lot of interest in Laura Carter’s planned fundraising abseil down the Spinnaker Tower!

Community Awards judge Katie Bennett who had been rooting for CCYS behind the scenes throughout the nomination process later encouraged all the leaders and staff, commenting on the huge importance and impact of youth work for the whole community.

(First posted April 2018)