Young volunteers at a Derby charity are celebrating award success after being named as local heroes and reaching the final of a national competition recognising outstanding contributions to their communities.
The teenagers all give up their free time to support activities being run at Enthusiasm Trust, in Cotton Lane, which helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential.
Eighteen-year-old Aaron Payne was presented with a Peer Champion Award at the Derby Youth Awards 2022 for his voluntary work at Enthusiasm.
While Honour Taylor, 16, was a runner-up in the Young Volunteer of the Year category and Angel Alvey, 18, received a special recognition certificate from the judges.
Now Aaron has been named regional winner of the Unsung Hero category in the Street Games #Inspiration2022 awards and Angel has won the Next Gen Volunteer of the Year category.
Both will go forward to the #Inspiration2022 National Awards which will be announced at the National Youth Summit on October 24.
Aaron, who has 13 siblings, gives up three evenings a week to help young people attending Enthusiasm and runs football training sessions alongside Derby County Community Trust.
He also helps to run a school holiday activity club and is training other volunteers to help Enthusiasm provide a safe place for young people.
He said: “I never expected to win an award, but it’s nice to be recognised and appreciated. Enthusiasm has made a massive difference to my life, which is why I enjoy helping out here.”
At Easter, Honour gave up 50 hours, over just two weeks, supporting activities being run at Enthusiasm. She regularly gives up several evenings a week to help run dance clubs and youth club – both in Nottingham and Derby.
While Angel is also a pro-active volunteer, she is also on the city’s Youth Voice Board, representing the young people who attend Enthusiasm and the community they live in.
Enthusiasm CEO April Allman-Hayhurst said: “We are enormously proud of all our young volunteers, especially since so many of them received help and support from Enthusiasm themselves.
“Aaron and Angel have walked in the same shoes as many of the young people who attend Enthusiasm, they are brilliant role models and hard-working volunteers. The centre would be poorer without their invaluable time and effort.
“Although Honour is still at school and of an age when she could simply sit back and enjoy the projects on offer at Enthusiasm, she assists in any way that she can, spending most of her free time, working to help others. She is a credit to herself and everyone at Enthusiasm is very proud of her.”
Earlier this year, Enthusiasm Trust was presented with the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Award at the Derby Volunteer Awards 2022, organised by Community Action. And Aaron was named joint winner of the Young Volunteer Award, beating competition from 200 nominations.