Inspirational young people could be in the running for a special award from the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton.

The city's 5 rotary clubs have teamed up with Wolverhampton City Council, the Express & Star, Waitrose and Wolverhampton West Magazine to launch the Wolverhampton Young Citizen Award 2014 - and Rotarians are urging people to nominate worthy winners.

The award will honour young people who have gone the extra mile to make a positive contribution to their community.

The winner will receive the Young Citizen Trophy and a prize of £100, with prizes of £75 and £50 for the 2 runners up. All finalists will receive certificates commemorating their achievements.

Nominations are welcomed from family members, friends, teachers, youth leaders, employers - in fact anyone who has spotted exceptional commitment to the needs of others in one of Wolverhampton's young people.

The awards will be presented in honour of Tom Warren CBE, who joined Wolverhampton's Rotary club in 1922 and went on to become on the second Briton ever to be named President of Rotary International. He was also Wolverhampton's Director of Education.

Mike Colley, President of The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton, said: "Being appointed to head up Rotary International is an honour that has fallen to only 6 Rotarians from Great Britain in 110 years.

"That our city provided one of these 6, and that man not only carried out the role with great distinction, but also served for 25 years as the director of education, is a matter of great pride.

"The city's Rotary Clubs have collaborated for a number of years in organising an annual dinner in tribute to Tom Warren.

"It has now been concluded that the tribute should be changed to something involving the young people for whom Tom gave his working life.

"It is out of this desire that the Rotary Clubs have devised the annual Young Citizen Award and it is fitting that the city council has readily joined this celebration of one of our most distinguished citizens."

Those nominated must be aged 18 or under on 31 August, 2014 and living, studying or working within Wolverhampton. 

Nominations close on Saturday 31 May, 2014. For more information about the award, and details about how to make a nomination, please visit Type=links;Linkid=3264;Title=Wolverhampton Young Citizen;Target=_blank;.  Forms are also available from the reception desk at the Civic Centre or the customer services desk at Waitrose, Penn Road.

  • released: Wednesday 2 April, 2014