Thursday March 17th 2017 marked the latest Kent Charity Awards event, aiming to showcase the hard work and perseverance that charities and voluntary groups undertake to make the lives of others better.
Founder & CEO, Patrick Cantellow, nomination read: “Patrick Cantellow single-handedly set up Swale Young People, a charity with the prime objective to encourage young people in Swale to engage in social action and volunteering within their local community. Patrick works closely with Swale Borough Council and a local CC Brogdale and secured funding for a skatepark in Sittingbourne.”
The worthy winner of Volunteer of the Year went to Lorraine Brown for her work with The Alzheimer’s Society and Medway Dementia Action Alliance. Other finalists included Beverley Nolker who runs the local ADHD Sheppey Support Group and ADHD conference for Isle of Sheppey.
On Friday 3rd March, Young Ambassador Demi and CEO Patrick had the pleasure of presenting the Swale Young Volunteer Champion of the Year to Elysia Spall, for the 2017 Volunteer Swale Awards.
Elysia volunteers as a trainee coach at Sittingbourne and Milton Swimming Club and Rainbows. Her involvement at both has meant many children have grown and developed in the work and techniques they are trying to improve.
Judge and sponsor, Patrick Cantellow, of Swale Young People said: “The Swale Volunteer Awards is an amazing event that brings together Swale’s amazing volunteers and the third sector. All nominations wowed us for all the categories.”
A special shout out should also be given to young finalists Tyler Griffiths and Hollie-Mai Simmonds.
Swale Young People and Youth Employment UK can announce today that Patrick Cantellow, CEO of Swale Young People CIC and proud Ambassador for Youth Employment UK, has been chosen to attend the 3rd European Congress of Local Governments, taking place in Krakow, Poland.
After taking part in the competition to find the young delegate to attend, Patrick was chosen as he was able to demonstrate his passion for youth employment in Swale through a video which included interviews from Gordon Henderson MP and Cllr Andrew Bowles, leader of Swale Borough Council.
Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO Youth Employment UK said: “Patrick’s entry stood out from others as it really showed his passion and enthusiasm for youth employment. As a Youth Employment UK Ambassador and through his work with Swale Young People Patrick continues to impress as a champion for social action and a role model for young people.”
Patrick said: “I can’t thank Youth Employment UK enough for allowing me to access this opportunity with them. I’m always out and about at local events and in Parliament speaking about youth employment and now I can add Poland to that list. I’m astounded that my volunteering has opened this up for me.”
The congress runs from the 27th-28th March 2017 and is a meeting platform for local leaders and regional elites to exchange views with public administration, NGOs and businesses.