Celebrate Participation in your organisation!
NICCY held its 2012-13 Participation Awards on 18th February 2013. There were two categories in this year's awards.
1. Putting young at the forefront
2. Creating space for young people in decision making
Congratulations to Translink, for winning the Gold Award in Category 1, and to the Patient Client Council, for winning the Gold Award in Category 2.
You can read about this years winners here (2012-13). You can also read about last year's winners here (2011-12).
The Children’s Commissioner, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney established the awards to recognise and celebrate the participation and active engagement of young people in public life. They are open to all government departments, arm’s length bodies and other public sector organisations.
“This is the second year of the Participation Awards, last year was a huge success and we want to build on this to increase awareness of the importance of involving young people in decisions that affect them,” said Mrs Lewsley-Mooney.
“So many laws and decisions affect the lives of young people. It is important that they are involved at an early stage to make sure these decisions are designed, delivered and evaluated on actual rather than presumed needs,” she said.
My Participation Awards Youth Panel members are blogging about thier Participation Awards experience, see all the blogs written so far here.
You can read the press release from the awards here.
Watch the full video of the awards ceremony below:
You can also view the Commissioner's intro video below: