Tuesday, May 16, 2006

health magazine: Southender makes waves in community

Publisher: Ian Morgan
Published: 28/04/2006 - 10:29:12 AM Printable version
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Tom Carlile in line for national award
A young Southender is being trumped as a potential winner of a national award after making waves in community communications.

Wavemaker, a national youth charity, highlights and celebrates the things children and young people throughout the UK have achieved through their annual awards scheme.

Last year, the young people behind Vibe, Southend's very own teenage health magazine picked up an award.

This year, Southend Youth Council member Tom Carlile, an 18-year-old from Westcliff-on-Sea, has made it onto the shortlist.

He was nominated by Southend Youth and Connexions Service for his work on the Proactive Essex Police Youth Strategy and developing a Youth Police Authority for Essex.

He said: "I thought up the idea of a Youth Police Authority to bridge the communication gap between the police and young people. Apart from crime issues, as either victims or perpetrators, there isn't much contact at all. I hope this new organisation will help anyone affected by young people's issues to come together and encourage greater understanding."

Winners of this year's Wavemaker Awards will be notified by June 1 and will be invited to celebrate their achievement at an awards showcase in London on July 6.

Young people, youth organisations, Wavemaker's supporters and celebrities will all come together at the ceremony to recognise the achievements of children and young people.

Michael Bracey, Head of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Youth and Connexions Service, said: "We are all delighted that Tom has made it onto the shortlist for this prestigious national award and hope that he makes it two in a row for Southend."