Unique Voice shines spotlight on young people’s achievements

December 23 2015

YOUNG people and their remarkable achievements took centre stage at a recent celebration ceremony hosted by social enterprise Unique Voice.

YOUNG people and their remarkable achievements took centre stage at a recent celebration ceremony hosted by social enterprise Unique Voice.

It is the second year that the Montpelier-based educational provider and theatre group has held its ‘Celebrating Young People’ awards.

The event, which took place at the Hilton Bristol in Bradley Stoke, proved to be as successful as last year’s ceremony, with every seat taken by a mixture of teachers, friends, business owners, and the young people themselves.

Special guests included the high sheriff of Bristol Dr Ros Kennedy, and Bristol Lord Mayor Councillor Clare Campion-Smith.

Unique Voice, whose patron is Sir Patrick Stewart, was set-up over four years ago by Bath Spa graduates Krystal Keeley, Cat Sparkes and Claire Farnham.

They work extensively across Bristol, using performances, classes and workshops to provide a platform for young people to explore their talents, skills, and fears.

Fairfield High, in Horfield, was just one of the schools at the event who Unique Voice has worked with.

Unique Voice said: “We were overwhelmed yet again with the support for the awards this year, special thanks to this year’s sponsors, our special guests Dr Ros Kennedy, the high sheriff of Bristol and Lord Mayor councillor Clare Campion-Smith along with the wonderful support of the schools and the local community.

“This year has been particularly special for the company – our creative educational services have now reached over 40,000 young people and to watch the children on the night of the awards take to the stage to highlight their learning, talents and development was a proud moment.

“Their dedication has been remarkable and it is evenings like this at the incredible Hilton Hotel, we are reminded why children do hold the key in informing both their own generation and leading us all to a brighter future.”

A variety of high energy performances, and guest speakers accompanied the many different awards handed out to young people for their achievements and triumphs.

Lord Mayor Councillor Campion-Smith congratulated the young people on their awards, as well as Unique Voice for doing such a “remarkable job”.

She said: “Thank you very much to the performers – you have performed with so much energy and enthusiasm, skill and talent, you are absolutely full of humour, and we have had a tremendous evening.
“And I would also like to congratulate you all, particularly the award winners, who always have to go that little bit extra to achieve an award.

“What we have seen this evening, is to a large extent, the finished product – but you don’t get to that without an enormous amount of creativity, and effort, I would therefore like to thank the leaders of Unique Voice, who are doing a truly remarkable job.

“To be able to engage young people in exploring situations, complexities of life and being able to develop is something which is very important.

“Thank you Unique Voice for everything you do – your work is clearly very much valued.”

To find out more about Unique Voice, and how to support the work they do, visit: www.uniquevoice.org.
Winners of the evening:

Unique Voice co-founder Claire Farnham with Bishopston Voice editor Rebecca Day, Cassandra Mckenzie, Akram Jama and Bryn Coates Cook from St Barnabas Primary School, and Susannah Temple from Fluent SelfBuilding for the future: Cassandra Mckenzie, Akram Jama and Bryn Coates Cook from St Barnabas Primary School were awarded special awards to highlight and celebrate their excellent contributions to the ‘What Would You Do?’ programme - a city wide initiative to help keep communities safe with Crimestoppers and the local police.

Awards sponsored and presented by The Fluent Self and Bishopston Voice

Aspirations: Joey Ross, Tally Evans and Rebecca Hodges from Fairfield high School were presented with awards to mark their outstanding transition from primary to secondary school. Glenfrome Primary School children Tegan Rumble and Kalila Mowatt took away awards for their outstanding talents and skills shown at drama club. Jessica Edenborough from Oasis Academy John Williams took away an aspirations award for her dedication to this year’s creative projects.

 Awards sponsored and presented by The Hilton Hotel

Community: Oasis Academy John Williams took away the community award after their outstanding contributions to the ‘Hengrove Arts Project’ - an intergenerational project which used art to vocalise community themes.

 Awards sponsored and presented by The Real Wrap Company and Bristol Community Transport

Remarkable young people: Selected children from our ‘South Side Factory’ holiday programme were awarded for their humble and overwhelming development in the face of adversity.

Awards sponsored and supported by BYCA and Quartet and presented by Dr Ros Kennedy