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Celebrating Bristol's Young Heroes



Celebrating & Recognising Young People:

We were delighted to attend the Bristol Young Heroes Awards at Wills Memorial Building, Bristol on Friday 13th April, together with thirteen of our NCS students from last summers programme. The Awards, which are organised by Community of Purpose, in partnership with Bristol City Council, celebrate and recognise the valuable contribution that young people make to the City of Bristol.


The Awards, which are in their fifth year, are a prestigious event and recognise young people across a whole range of categories; from Action Hero to Sporting Hero. Emma Britton BBC Radio Bristol and Kiki Douglas, the 2017 Action Hero Winner, hosted the Awards Ceremony. Awards were presented by celebrities including; Rob Law MBE, Mark Miller, (DIY SOS) Amy Williams MBE and Miles Chambers (Poet Laureate). Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, presented the Caring Hero, a category that he feels very strongly about.



We nominated four NCS Students for the exceptional contribution that they made during their social action projects, last summer and all of them were shortlisted in the Environmental Hero category. In addition to our shortlisted nominees, we invited and were delighted that so many of the young people from their respective NCS teams joined the celebrations.

Our Nominees for the Environmental Hero Award:


Clarissa Leung Project: “Regeneration of the city”


Why we nominated:

The work of this team and Clarissa Leung’s contribution, was exceptional.  Clarissa didn’t just get involved and support the project in a hands-on capacity, she took ownership and personal responsibility for capturing the work of the team on film and for producing an outstanding report, clearly demonstrating the impact of the project and her team’s achievements.


Clarissa has tremendous skill behind a camera.  From the Bearpit, to Millennium Square, from the Urban Food Trail, to the journey down the Severn Beach Line to Avonmouth, Clarissa successfully captured ‘before’ shots, ‘after’ shots and the fun that the team had along the way. From detailed, little thumb nail shots of flowers and ‘seed bombs’, to the atmosphere of the Bearpit, the involvement of the team, to a highly creative ‘glove shot’, that became the team’s logo, she captured it all beautifully.


Clarissa demonstrated ‘impact’ very simply, very creatively and very powerfully, through photography and film and we are proud to recognise her for her achievement.



Caitlin O’Regan Praboda Koskandawala Thomas Gorman Project: Bristol City Council “Clean Streets” campaign


Why we nominated:

The work of this team was incredible. They grasped the importance of the issue of litter straightaway and displayed real energy and passion to do something positive about it.

Caitlin, Praboda and Thomas impressed us with their enthusiasm, organisation, attitude and their ability to engage and inspire others. They successfully led the team from start to finish and delivered incredible results. The project helped to raise awareness of the issue of litter amongst young people in the City, whilst also helping Bristol City Council to understand more about young people’s social media habits.

Take a look at the overall Bristol Young Super Hero 2018 below:



The Night of the Awards:


Commenting on the Awards, Geoff Parsons from Learn by Design said:
“It’s great for a City to recognise the achievements of young people at such a high profile event. It demonstrates the importance the City places on young people. Well done to all of our NCS graduates who joined us for the Awards, to all of the shortlisted candidates and all of the Award Winners, particularly Keanon Frost, who won Action Hero and Lily May Papworth, who won Learning Hero.”

See Community Purpose images here. See Learn by Design Flickr images here.



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