News articles - 2023

An Inspiring Youth Awards 2023 at Saxon Weald

Date: 15 December 2023

This autumn, Saxon Weald opened the voting for their second annual Youth Awards; an event to highlight the incredible achievements of young people in our community.


Parents, carers, teachers, friends and youth workers were invited to make their nominations in one of four categories: young carer, contributing to the local community, sporting success, and achievement in learning.  


Saxon Weald received numerous entries detailing the achievements of inspiring and resilient young people aged between 11 and 18. The panel of four judges, which included Kay Simpson, who devised the annual event, and Dan Fairchild, Youth Provision Officer for Horsham District Council, had a difficult time selecting just one winner for each category. Kay said: ‘It was an absolute privilege to read the inspiring stories of all the young people nominated. It was so difficult to judge as they are all winners in their own right!’


Four worthy winners and their families attended a small reception and awards ceremony at Saxon Weald House on 7 December 2023, presented by Steve Dennis, Chief Executive of Saxon Weald. Congratulations to Kayden, Ryan, Chelsea and Brandon, who each received a certificate, engraved glass star award and a £100 gift voucher.