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There are just four weeks left to nominate an inspirational young person for the Crawley Youth Awards.

Now in its eighth year, the youth awards celebrate young people who have made a difference to the town, community or someone else’s life.

The awards are organised by Crawley Borough Council in partnership with Crawley Wellbeing, West Sussex County Council and Crawley School Sports Partnership.

Lee Gilroy, who was involved with the launching of the Escape Project, in Broadfield, said: “We are lucky to live in a town with such talented and diverse youngsters.

“Young people have in the past been given labels as hoodies and yobs but not any more.

“I think everyone realises that we have a town full of young people who are extremely eager to get involved in the community and help out to make their neighbourhoods and town a better place.

“You treat a young person with respect and as individuals and you will get the most from them.

“It’s so easy to label and judge them but we were all young once and sometimes its easy to forget.

“When young people do well or achieve something we should reward them and recognise their achievements. It will make them feel appreciated, work harder and improve their self esteem.”

Nominees must be under 25 years old and live in Crawley, or the reason for their nomination must have occurred in the town.

Those nominating young people under 16 must also get permission from the nominee’s parents or guardians first.

There are 12 awards in four categories: Community Awards, Sports Awards, Arts Awards and Personal Achievement Awards.

For more information and to nominate online log onto www.crawley.gov.uk/yaa or pick up a nomination form from schools, youth centres, the Town Hall, County Mall, K2 Crawley, The Hawth and Crawley Library.

The deadline for nominations is May 13 and the awards ceremony will be held at The Hawth on 16 July.

For more details contact Community Development Officer, Vikki Jacobs, on 01293 438565 / 07799 760326 or email vikki.jacobs@crawley.gov.uk