On the 31st of January 2017 I travelled to Buckingham Palace for the Youth United Awards 2017, which was an amazing experience.
“the Youth United Foundation, to help achieve the vision of making it so that every young person who wants to join a uniformed organisation is able to do so.”
In the Summer of 2016 I was one of the 12 Iwill Ambassadors asked to be a part of the Jury for the Youth United Awards. I had to go through around 12 uniformed public services and I had to vote for them in three different categories which were impact, teamwork and dedication.
- The impact award – This award is awarded to the team that demonstrates the biggest positive impact.
- The teamwork award – This award is awarded to the team that has shown outstanding teamwork.
- The dedication award – This award is awarded to the team that has shown the most significant commitment to social action.
Each group that I had to judge on was truly inspiring, from children who were making their roads safer, to helping the homeless out and a group of young girls raising awareness of mental health issues. To judge such an amazing group of young, powerful and truly inspirational young people was so difficult.
At the beginning of January I got an invitation to attend the awards in Buckingham Palace which was such a surreal invitation to receive as it’s not everyday you get an invitation to Buckingham Palace.
On the day I had to travel from Newport to London, which was a nightmare to begin with as I thought my train was later than it was, so it was lucky that I checked my tickets before waking up! I got ready and was stressing incase I didn’t look okay in my suit, but my dearest Mum reassured me that it was okay, here is me in my suit:
When I arrived in London I had the struggle of trying to get to Buckingham Palace, which was a nightmare as I have never previously been to the Palace. After getting on three tubes, and running (It felt like I was running) for a good 45 minutes I made it to the Palace.
I never knew how intimidating it was to be surrounded by police men & women with guns that could instantly kill me, to say I was so nervous was an understatement. When we got into Buckingham Palace we were escorted into a long corridor where there were drinks being served and everybody was networking, I bumped into a few iwill ambassadors so I stayed with them for the whole event.
During the ceremony the JLGB band were playing some amazing songs throughout the whole ceremony. During the first set of awards one of the iwill ambassadors was giving the award to each winner called.
The second part of the ceremony was giving out the awards that myself and 12 other ambassadors had selected, HRH Prince Charles gave these awards out to the individuals who won, the one group which was The Girls’ Brigade England & Wales stuck out to me the most, the members of this group were so young, possibly 4 or 5 and knowing that they have made an impact to their community and they work as a strong team at a young age is so inspiring. Young children these days are focused on technology, so seeing these young, inspiring and amazing children take part in social action made me happy, and thankful.
After the whole event finished we did a little bit more networking, and that was it. Overall it was such an amazing experience to be invited to one of the most popular places within the UK and be surrounded by so many amazing, inspiring and life changing young people. Each and every individual in the room deserved the awards collected, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the jury to select a group of winners.
I have been nominated for an award!!!
I have recently been nominated for the positive role model within the LGBT+ Community, which is awarded by the national diversity awards here in the UK. If you would like to vote for me, check out the link here.