The Moray Young Citizen Award Scheme is an initiative designed to recognise outstanding contributions to local and/or overseas communities. Participation is open to primary and secondary school groups, community groups and individuals. The award scheme is all about:
• Encouraging school spirit • Recognising good community work • Building self-esteem • Developing an understanding of what citizenship means
The scheme is jointly run by Diageo, Police Scotland, The Moray Council and Elgin Rotary Club.
Who is eligible for the award?
Nominations are invited from schools, community and third sector groups for group awards. All young people in Moray are eligible in the individual category. There are 4 group award categories:
• Primary school award • Global Citizenship • Secondary school award • Community award
Moray Young Citizen Award (School category) Awards will be made to the groups across Moray which have made the most outstanding contributions to their local environment, or to the lives of people in their community at home or abroad. The criteria used for assessing awards will include:
• Improvements in the environment of the school and local community • The promotion of citizenship within the school • Showing a positive attitude towards a community at home and abroad
The winning school will receive funding which should be invested in continuing to improve an element of the school environment. Moray Young Citizen Award (individual category) Awards will be made to the individual young people who make an outstanding contribution to their local or to an overseas community. Any kind of positive community work will be considered, from voluntary work to showing a strong character in difficult times. The overall winner will also receive a trophy from Elgin Rotary Club. The criteria used for assessing the awards includes:
• Strong participation in school and/or community work • Show a positive attitude toward peers, school, and community • Display an understanding and appreciation of civic responsibility • Have strength of character and the courage to do what is right • Promote citizenship within the school or community through other activities
The awards ceremony was held on Friday 16th March 2018 at the Mansefield Hotel.