High 5 winners 2016
Congratulations to all our High 5 winners and nominees!
Group Achievement Award - 4Cs Young Commissioners
This group of 14 to 18 year olds who are looked after children have been instrumental in improving the lives of other young people in care in Swansea and across Wales.
Their work has identified resources, strengths and weaknesses in existing foster placement systems and influenced how and what services are delivered for children. They also produced a video based on "Dragon's Den" to encourage others to do the same.
Group Community Award - Chips, Curry and Cappuccino
This group of 14 to 24 year olds have come together to work tirelessly to celebrate diversity and promote harmony through understanding across Swansea's communities.
The 19 members of the team committed over 500 hours of their time voluntarily to enable people from Bangladeshi, Chinese, Italian and Middle Eastern communities to share their stories about migrating to Swansea and also researched migration in the city with West Glamorgan Archives. The film and exhibition they produced challenges stereotypes.
They also developed a teaching pack with St Helen's Primary School to teach all KS2 pupils in the city about diversity, heritage and culture in a fun, interactive, young people friendly way.
Achievement 14-19 - John Nelson
This 17-year-old is working hard towards a promising career as a mechanic. He has not let homelessness stand in the way of taking his life forward, improving his school attendance and exam results through sheer grit, determination and hard work.
He has silenced those who doubted he would succeed by getting the results he needs to follow his dream career. He is also working to support other students in college to help them continue with their academic careers.
Recognise 14-19 - Tia Aldron
This 16-year- old has steely guts and determination which has enabled her to defy the odds and fulfil her potential. In past she has helped fellow young carers.
She has overcome anxiety and refused to give up on her education, challenging decisions and putting in the work to prove everybody wrong and gain success.
Recognise Up to 13 - Sydney Norman
The incredible courage and resilience shown by this 11-year-old is inspirational. She is a great help and support to her mum who is battling serious illness. This would be difficult for anyone, but she also had to cope with losing her father at a young age too.
This determined and strong girl is working hard to progress with her education.
Achievement Up to 13 - Chiara Robinson
This 13 - year-old has shown amazing courage in the face of difficult illness but her positive attitude, incredibly upbeat personality, and sheer determination to not to allow her difficulties to control her life is inspirational.
At no stage has Chiara let her health challenges affect her studies or negatively impact on school. When she is too ill to be in school she is the first to ask for work to complete at home.
Community Up to 13 - Corey Michael
This Swansea school pupil has struggled with ADHD since he was two-years-old but he has grasped opportunities to make his school and local community a better place to be.
At school he stands out for his hard work and keenness working well with others to achieve a piece of work for the school garden area. With the Boys Brigade in his community he helps with the clearance and upkeep of the grounds of a local church. He is also a great help to his mum as the family gardener too.
Recognise - 20-25 - Lucy Fethany-Wilks
This young mum deserves a High 5 award for working so hard at becoming the best possible mum she can be in spite of her own troubled childhood and teenage years.
Motherhood has changed her outlook completely and she is doing everything she can to give her little girl a much better and happier life than she experienced. Her daughter is thriving because of that dedication and determination. This 25-year-old is also supporting other parents towards positive changes in life.
Achievement - 20-25 - Ashley Rix
This 24-year-old has been on a tremendous life journey to become a devoted father, focused on meeting his daughter's needs and the needs of his baby son who has had a challenging introduction into the world which placed an additional stress on the family.
This dad is successfully managing his own health issues, improving his circumstances and most importantly has become a positive proactive parent and partner fully supporting his children and fiancée through their day to day challenges. He is a role model for others.
Judges' Special Award Up to 13 - Teigan Miles
This 11-year-old has shown bravery and determination beyond her years. Her belief things can be better than they are, coupled with a determination to make them better, is an inspiration to others.
She experienced much as a little girl but has created the opportunity for a fresh start by taking control of her own future. Her positive attitude and huge effort means she is creating a bright future for herself and is an inspiration to others in difficult circumstances.
Judges' Special Award 14-19 - Rachael Beckett
This inspirational mum has been nominated for not letting life get her down, facing her struggles head on and succeeding in raising her son well. This 17-year-old has overcome many barriers in life to give the best possible start to her son and maintain her education too.
Despite at one point being homeless she still managed attend college and passed her exams in Hospitality and Catering while also making sure her child gets the development support he needs. She has gained a place to continue her training and is working towards building a brighter future for herself and her son.
Ambassador Award - Adam Ahearn
This teenager has been the rock of his family during difficult times and is now turning his own life around in school earning rave reviews from teachers about his behaviour, manners, and ability to apply himself despite a challenging home life.
He is an inspiration for trying to help his family and the way he has now started on an exciting journey of personal achievement too. His determination to succeed means future success is closer than he thinks.