With support from Dalgarno and Colville ward councillors through City Living, Local Life, Epic CIC, a leading UK youth support service provider, held the youth-led Epic Youth Forum Apollo Awards evening this month at The Tabernacle.

The Apollo Awards is an annual event organised entirely by local young people, including the planning, designing and organisation, and hosted by members of the Epic Youth Forum. The Apollo Awards give young people the opportunity to be recognised and to celebrate the achievement, development, and dedication of their peers in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

“Allowing our young people to take the reins and execute the Apollo Awards themselves only reinforces and delivers on our aim – we want young people to be inspired, and what’s more inspirational than being honoured by your peers? These young people are creating changes in their community and taking ownership of their lives”, Brendan O’Keffe, Managing Director of Epic CIC.

In order to have been nominated for any of the nine Apollo Awards, nominees must have been 13-25 years of age, living in, attending school, and/or be part of a community or sports group in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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The winners of each category are as follows:

Group Award

Break 4 U – Gemini Jepson & Teta Johnson

Club/Project Contribution Award

Girls’ Football Sessions – Remejo McLean-Thorne & George Bournous

Adult Leader Award

Charlotte O’Sullivan

Volunteers and Citizenship Award

Leah Hastick

Unsung Hero Award

Shamime Ibrahim

Personal Achievement Award

Reihan Husain

Creative Achievement Award

The Street Musketeers

Sports Achievement Award

Paul Higgins

The Epic Youth Forum was launched in September 2014, allowing young people to come together every two weeks to discuss the issues that they were facing and explore ideas to help them make decisions to better their lives.

For more information on the Apollo Awards, Epic Youth Forum and Epic CIC, please visit their website.

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