Young Mayor Alyssa shines bright as a local youth voice star

Barnsley’s first Young Civic Mayor, Alyssa Butler, has been presented an award by the British Youth Council - Young Campaigner of the Year (Yorkshire & Humber Region).

The Local Youth Voice Star Awards recognise, celebrate and showcase the breadth and diversity of local work within the British Youth Council’s Youth Voice Programme.

They acknowledge the workers who deliver work and the change makers that champion it, the Local Authorities/commissioned services that enable it, and projects doing things differently to address local and national issues. Most importantly, they recognise the young people at the centre of it all.

Three Barnsley Youth Council members were nominated by the council’s Targeted Youth Support Service’s Youth Voice and Participation Team.

Along with Alyssa, Daniel James, Barnsley Youth Council and SEND Forum member and Norwin Tabassum, Barnsley Youth Council member and Member of Youth Parliament for Barnsley were also nominated for their work in this area. They received certificates of commendation.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Children), said: “All the members of our Youth Council work tirelessly to represent Barnsley’s children and young people.

“My congratulations go to all three Youth Council members, for being nominated.

“It’s fantastic that Alyssa has been recognised for her determination and leadership qualities, as well as her tenacity for never giving up on the issues that are important to her.”

Pictured is Alyssa with her award.

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