The Colchester Youth Awards have been running since 2005 and celebrate the achievements of young people between the ages of 11 to 25 who live, work or study in the borough of Colchester.

Family Mosaic has sponsored the volunteer category of the awards for the last three years and the annual ceremony at Colchester Institute was attended by Moira Griffiths and Richard Priest along with other Family Mosaic staff and customers from the Colchester area.

Over the 11 years that the awards has been running, they have developed into a prestigious annual event in Colchester’s calendar. Since 2005 nearly 1,000 young people have been nominated for awards, with over 100 trophies being handed out to the winners.

This year two Family Mosaic customers were nominated for awards.

Scott King, 18, from our Mersea Road young people’s scheme, won the Enable East Chairs Award, having been chosen from all Highly Commended nominees from all the award categories.  Scott is undertaking an apprenticeship with Disability for Sport where he is doing really well.

He was nominated by Tony Brennan from the Leaving and Aftercare Team who said

Scott is a great learner, demonstrating real determination and he works hard. He is selfless in his support of others and is a positive role model. He is a shining example of commitment and dedication leading to spectacular outcomes.

Jason Ware, 20, also from Mersea Road, was highly commended in the Colchester Borough Council Outstanding Achievement Award. Tony Brennan said:

Jason has taken a pro-active attitude to challenging the views held on children in care and also supported others who are in this situation.  He has also gained local and national recognition for this.

He was described as an “incredibly kind and sensitive young man,” who “demonstrates empathy and compassion rarely seen in one so young.”

Family Mosaic’s Director of Care and Support in Essex, Richard Priest, was really proud of Jason and Scott:

These awards really demonstrate the hard work, determination and dedication that Jason and Scott have shown over the last year. We are so proud to have been part of their amazing journey and it’s a great reflection on the support from the staff at Mersea Road.

Both young people were supported to attend by Mersea Road Housing Support Worker Nicola Ali and everyone had a brilliant evening.