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Inspiring youth achievements celebrated at inaugural awards

James Hockaday

The inspiring achievements of high flying youngsters from Slough were celebrated at the inaugural Slough Youth Awards on Thursday, November 3.

The ceremony, organised by Slough Youth Parliament, was hosted by two of its representatives, Hamzah Ahmed and Alla Fawaz.

Alla will represent Slough in this year’s UK Youth Parliament Debate on November 11.

A winner and runner-up were nominated for the young sportsperson, environmentalist, entrepreneur, artist, inspiration and ambassador categories.

The awards held at The Curve were dished out by figures including deputy leader of Slough Borough Council (SBC) Cllr Sabia Hussain (Lab, Central), entrepreneur Naveed Ahmed and Mars Chocolate’s Claire Giacobbe.

More than 200 people attended the ceremony and were entertained by performances from Creative Academy, spoken word collective Empoword and singing from Slough’s Got Talent 2015 winner, Alysha Miller.

Leader of SBC, Cllr Sohail Munawar, also attended the ceremony which was funded by the council’s young people’s services.

Show host Alla Fawaz said Hamzah and herself came up with the idea for the awards two years ago in the old town centre library.

She said: “Our imaginations went wild. We wanted something to celebrate the youth and to showcase their talents.”

She added that the talents of Slough’s youngsters may have been underestimated.

“People don’t really know what we’re capable of. I’m proud to be a young person from Slough.”

The 15-year-old thinks the awards will help shake negative portrayals of her town.

“It shows that we can do something with our lives and that we can change Slough.”

Cllr Munawar added: “It was an honour to be at the awards ceremony and see first hand how many talented young people we have in Slough.

“I was truly inspired by the passion they have for Slough and I will be doing all I can to ensure they and their peers have their say in its future.”

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