A Gainsborough teenager who turned his life around has been recognised at this year’s Good Citizen Awards. Winners were chosen for their outstanding contribution to changing lives and supporting communities following nominations by friends, neighbours and colleagues in recognition for their tireless efforts to help others.The winner of this year’s Young Citizen award was Mitchell Rowland from Gainsborough. Mitchell, 14, who has autism and ADHD, was referred to Positive Futures in 2016 after being in trouble at school and with the police. Since beginning to volunteer, he has come on leaps and bounds being described as a ‘fantastic advocate’ for the organisation and helping other young people around the county.Stephen Rowe, a Positive Futures worker, said: “Mitchell has also been a fantastic advocate promoting our sessions to other young people and organisations.“The difference in his behaviour in the community has completely changed benefiting all … [Read more...] about A Gainsborough teenager who turned his life around has been presented with a Young Citizen award
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PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 June 2018 Aaron Walawalkar David Walliams surprises Mia Falatoori at her school, Churchfields Junior School in South Woodford. Photo: Explore Learning Archant An eight-year-old schoolgirl has ambitions of sharing laughter and stories by becoming a children’s author. David Walliams, Mia Falatoori with mum Deborah Falatoori and dad Nima Falatoori. Photo: Explore Learning This week’s Young Citizen nominee is Mia Falatoori, a pupil a Churchfields Junior School, in Churchfields, South Woodford. Last week she was crowned winner of The National Young Writers’ Awards 2018. “I was surprised. I wasn’t sure it would be me that would win but I had hoped it would be,” said Mia at the time. Mia’s winning story chronicles the unwitting heroism of a mother whose superpower is her pickled onion-fuelled flatulence. Her wind thwarts the efforts of would-be criminals as they attempt to pick people’s pockets and shoplift by … [Read more...] about Young Citizen: Aspiring Woodford Green author, 8, hopes to spread laughter to all
PUBLISHED: 12:02 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 19 June 2018 Aaron Walawalkar Chess-wizard Kyan Bui shows off the four trophies he scooped up at the Wanstead and Woodford Chess Club's AGM this month. Photo: Tony Fox tonyfoxphotographs.com A prize-winning 12-year-old chess wizard from South Woodford is encouraging his peers to put down their computer games and try their luck at becoming grandmasters. Kyan Bui, of Woodford Road, joined Wanstead and Woodford Chess Club only 18 months ago but he scooped four prizes at the club’s annual general meeting on June 12. He has earned accolades for being a top point-scorer, for coming top in rapid 30-minute chess matches and for the best relative junior performance. “I feel happy because I worked hard to achieve that and I am pleased with the results,” said Kyan, who is entirely self-taught. And his achievements have led to him being this week’s nominee for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen. The … [Read more...] about Young citizen: South Woodford chess wizard aiming to be a grandmaster by the age of 18
PUBLISHED: 15:30 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 14 June 2018 Aaron Walawalkar Cllr John Howard with the bikes. Picture: Redbridge Council Archant A 22-year-old student activist from Clayhall is fighting to end discrimination at home and abroad. Campaigning and charity work has been central to the work of Naseby Road resident Mahatir Pasha during his tenure as the 2017/18 General Secretary of the London School of Economics Students Union. In March this year, he co-founded a charity called Britain Has Class aiming to amplify working class voices in universities, unions and workplaces across the country by advocating for greater representation. “What we want is to change is the way class is perceived,” Mahatir said, speaking at the time of charity launch. In November last year, he also led a campaign to remove Myanmar political leader Aung San Suu Kyi as honourary president of the Students Union in response to the persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim … [Read more...] about Young citizen: Clayhall student activist fights to end discrimination around world
Tell Us PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 June 2018 Aaron Walawalkar Isaac Harvey receives his Young Citizen of the Year Award from Recorder editor Lindsay Jones and Eve Conway, of Redbridge Rotary Club.He was joined on stage by other nominees Zak Cohen, Salahadin Abdelkadir, Tomasz Cienkowski and Jamala Osman. Photo: Ellie Hoskins. Ellie Hoskins +44(0)7743306087 www.elliehoskins.com Do you know a young person in the borough using their skills and talents for the good of the community? Jamala Osman accepting her award at the National Rotary Young Citizen Winners event on Saturday, April 7. Photo: Rotary UK Are they involved in charity work to help the less fortunate? Or raising vital funds? Are they using their creativity for a cause? Or have they overcome tough challenges to achieve great things? Each week the Recorder will shine a light on the bright stars in the borough as part of the Young Citizen Award, run in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club. Last year’s Ilford Recorder … [Read more...] about Young Citizen Award 2019: Do you know a young person making a difference in Redbridge?