The second Balsall Heath Dynamic Youth Awards were held at Balsall Heath Church Centre recently and saw a record number of residents celebrating the achievements of young people over the last twelve months.
Among the apologies from special guests unable to attend was former local resident and now Deputy Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Chaz Singh and Prime Minister David Cameron who stated, ‘It is hugely important that we celebrate the good deeds of the community’s young people and create greater confidence amongst young people so their confidence and achievements are recognised’.
The young people were nominated by the community and judged by Peter Cole (Editor Balsall Heathan Community Newspaper), Councillor Habib Rehman and Georgina Johnston and Vanessa Purwel of the West Midlands Police.
Abdullah Rehman of the Balsall Heath Forum who hosted the event said “They say each child needs the care of a whole community, not just its parents, to grow into youthful maturity” That saying was put into real practice as the whole community celebrated and applauded its young people.
Part of the evening was dedicated to acknowledging the hard work of community champion Mr Javed Iqbal who recently lost his battle against aplastic anaemia. His efforts to challenge vice on the streets over 20 years ago and which helped change Balsall Heath for the better were celebrated through a posthumous award presented to his family by Birmingham Mail communities’ editor, Paul Fulford.
Mr Fulford said of the event, “Thank you for restoring my faith in all that is good about Birmingham”.
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