Campaigners and local councillors in Rubery, July 2011 - click to enlarge

Two young people from Rubery have been shortlisted for an award in recognition of their youth campaigning work.

Yasmin Millward and Jade Shields kick-started and led the Save Our Youth Centre (Rubery) campaign, involving the local community, gathering signatures for a petition, raising media awareness and confronting council officials.

A youth worker nominated the pair in the Youth UK Hearing Unheard Voices (HUV) awards 2011 and they are one of three shortlisted entries in the Oustanding Recognition category.

The awards will take place this Tuesday (29th November 2011) at St James’ Palace in Westminster where Princess Anne will meet winners and runners-up. The awards ceremony will be hosted by rapper Sway, actor Roger Nsengiyumva (Africa United) and Brooke Kinsella, actress and campaigner on knife law.

The campaign forced Worcestershire County Council to engage in further consultation on the future of  Worcestershire’s youth provision. The most recent proposal from the council is that the youth centre will not close outright as originally planned – instead, the council are to assess how they can deliver library, community and youth services from one building in Rubery and final plans for the future of Youthworcs Rubery will be presented in March next year.

Congratulations on the shortlisting, Yasmin and Jade and good luck!

Read about the Save Our Youth Service (Rubery) Campaign

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