Competitions and awards are a proud tradition at St John Cymru and our National Youth Awards are no exception. The awards, which took place on Sunday 22nd July, recognise the achievements and life skills gained by young people from all across Wales, who make a real difference to everyday lives.
Each year over 2,000 of our young volunteers, aged 5-17 compete against each other at county and national level to become ‘Badger of the Year’ and ‘Cadet of the Year’. They attend prestegious events around the country and become the voice for our future lifesavers.
Applicants for the awards are carefully assessed, with criteria based from personal skills, such as leadership and team work to interpersonal skills within the community and with peers - where attributes such as kindness, empathy and compassion are evaluated.
The event offers Badgers and Cadets the opportunity to practice their first aid skills in simulated real-life emergency scenarios, illustrating how they would react in a potentially life-threatening situation.
Not only this, interviews, presentations and group challenges also form part of the judging criteria which helps the panel choose winners based on overall scores.
Director of Youth, Sy Joshua said: "Our youth programme helps children from the age of five to make friends, gain confidence and lead fulfilling lives. Many of our Badgers, Cadets and young adults will go on to work in public services and the health and social care sector, positively contributing to local communities across Wales.
"This could not be achieved without the dedication of our volunteers - they make the difference!"
A huge congratulations to all of those who took part.
We’re delighted to share with you our 2018 award winners!
National Cadet Leader of the Year
Stephen Marshall, Newport Division, Gwent
National Badger Leader of the Year
Kate Chilcott, Severn Sisters Division, West Glamorgan
National Young Adult of the Year
Aled Davies, Bangor LINKS, North Wales
National Deputy Young Adult of the Year
Rhys Baldwin, Griffithstown Division, Gwent
National Cadet of the Year
Amelia Davies, Griffithstown Division, Gwent
National Deputy Cadet of the Year
Rhys Bartlett, Bedwas Division, Gwent
National Badger of the Year
Annsa Jaison, Llanderyn Division, Cardiff and the Vale
National Deputy Badger of the Year
Daniel Jones, Newport Division, Gwent