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Second HOPE Awards launched

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Suffolk Constabulary is today (Thursday 14 October) launching the second Suffolk HOPE awards.

The initial event was launched off the back of National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCA) in October last year, and with NHCA currently taking place this week, it is the ideal moment to launch the second HOPE awards.

The aim of the awards is to recognise and celebrate the positive contributions that young people make within the county. 

Secondary schools and education providers for 16 to 18-year olds are being invited to nominate a worthy young person or group who they think have been involved in inspiring projects or activities for themselves and those around them. Nominations are welcome for any young person aged between 11 and 18 years-old, who has gone above and beyond and continued to demonstrate resilience, determination and teamworking during 2021/2022.

The awards are fully supported by the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Star, Bury Free Press, Newmarket Journal, Haverhill Echo, Suffolk Free Press and Suffolk News BBC Radio Suffolk, the Suffolk High Sheriff Office, Suffolk County Council, and Suffolk Community Safety Partnerships.   

The 2021 overall winner was Phoebe Maddever of Finborough School in Stowmarket. She won it for her wellbeing and body confidence programme within the school and was in the category of ‘determination’.

Nominations are now open and will close on Friday 18 February 2022.

The categories are as follows:
Diversity – Individuals or groups who have promoted diversity, taken a stand to prevent/stop discrimination, have undertaken activity to help challenge a negative mindset and affected positive change. 

Respect and Kindness – Kindness is often an underestimated attribute; this category aims to recognise actions (both large and small) which demonstrate compassion and an understanding of another’s struggles.

Teamwork – Teamwork is a skill that is carried forward from school to higher education, work and adulthood. By working as a team, the category aims to acknowledge the benefits of sharing ideas and experiences and finding a common approach to solve an issue.

Determination – This category aims to celebrate and recognise the determination and resilience of our young people and reward their positive attitude to finding solutions or helping each other and their community.

Once the nominations have been submitted, they will all be assessed, and the judging panel will meet in March to choose the winner in each of the four categories and one overall HOPE winner. The awards will be presented i to the successful candidate winners separately in April next year.

For the full criteria and to submit an entry via the online application form, visit: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/hope/5-apply-here

Alternatively, a form can be requested by emailing [email protected].

Inspector Vicky McParland from Suffolk Constabulary said: “We had a great response from the Suffolk community to the first awards which were instigated in response to how young people responded so positively in the wake of the covid pandemic.

“We are sure there are many more powerful stories that need to be told about the selfless, heart-warming and compassionate work that takes place in our communities thanks to the hard work of our teenagers and we are looking forward to receiving many nominations.”

Cllr Andrew Reid, Chair, Safer Stronger Communities Group said: “It has been a privilege to be involved in the Suffolk Hope Awards. We have seen some truly amazing examples of compassion and respect demonstrated by young people across Suffolk. The Hope Awards are an ideal way to celebrate the positive contributions young people make daily to their communities. I am sure we will be equally impressed by this year’s nominations.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Celebrating achievement is important to us all and as a judge last year, it was absolutely heart-warming to hear the stories of those nominated.

“It’s particularly important to celebrate the achievement of young people making a positive difference in our communities and I hope this year will encourage a whole host of new nominations.

“There is so much good work being done by young people right across the county and this often goes unnoticed. The Suffolk HOPE awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to herald some of the outstanding young people we know and admire. 
“I’d encourage everyone to have a look at the criteria and take the opportunity to nominate someone who deserves wider recognition for the difference they are making.”

BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast Show presenter Mark Murphy said: “We’re so thrilled to be involved again. It’s so lovely to hear such positive things going on in our schools.”

Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star Brad Jones said: "I was lucky enough to judge this year's Hope Awards, which were full of positive stories about the great work being done by young people in Suffolk.

"It's important for the media to highlight these, which is why we're so pleased to get behind the awards again next year."

Group Editor of the Bury Free Press, Newmarket Journal, Haverhill Echo, Suffolk Free Press and Suffolk News Barry Peters said: "Young people have been among some of the worst affected by the pandemic. The past 18 months have been so tough for them. I'm therefore delighted to be able to shine a light on  stories of teamwork, determination and plain kindness which are evident in many of the tales which come across my desk every week. Phoebe Maddever's win last year from Finborough School was a cracking effort and one which would be great to be able to replicate for 2022."

A full list of the winners of the first event can be found here> https://www.suffolk.police.uk/hope/2-202021-winners

Further information and frequently asked questions are available here: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/hope

Latest news and updates regarding the Suffolk HOPE Awards will be promoted on the constabulary’s social media accounts using the hashtags #NohateinSuffolk #HopeAwardsSuffolk

‘HOPE’ denotes:
Hate crime awareness
Operational response to hate crime
Prevent hate crime
Empower communities affected by hate crime.

Image: Last year’s overall winner Phoebe Maddever with Chief Inspector Wakeling.

Previous release | 15 March 2021

Suffolk HOPE Awards launched - 15/03/2021

Suffolk Constabulary, in partnership with Suffolk County Council, is today, (Monday 15 March), launching the Suffolk HOPE Awards.

Launched off the back of National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October last year, the aim of the Hope Awards is to recognise and celebrate the positive contributions that young people make within the county. The pandemic has affected the whole community, however we are particularly aware of the impact on young people and their positive response to the challenges they have faced during the last year.

Secondary schools and education providers for 16 to 18 year olds, along with the public, are being invited to nominate a worthy young person or group who they think have been involved in inspiring projects or activities for themselves and those around them. Nominations are welcome for any young person aged between 11 and 18 years-old, who has gone above and beyond and continued to demonstrate resilience, determination and teamworking, despite the unprecedented circumstances of 2020/2021.

We are delighted to announce that the awards are fully supported by the East Anglian Daily Times/Ipswich Star, BBC Radio Suffolk, ITFC and Suffolk FA.  The awards will have a celebration event prior to the end of the academic year 2021 where the achievements of the award winners will be formally recognised.

Nominations are now open and will close on Friday 7 May 2021.

The categories are as follows:

Diversity – Individuals or groups who have promoted diversity, taken a stand to prevent/stop discrimination, have undertaken activity to help challenge a negative mindset and affected positive change. 

Respect and Kindness– Kindness is often an underestimated attribute; this category aims to recognise actions (both large and small) which demonstrate compassion and an understanding of another’s struggles.

Teamwork –Teamwork is a skill that is carried forward from school to higher education, work and adulthood. By working as a team, the category aims to acknowledge the benefits of sharing ideas and experiences and finding a common approach to solve an issue.

Determination – This category aims to celebrate and recognise the determination and resilience of our young people and reward their positive attitude to finding solutions or helping each other and their community.

As part of the awards process, there will also be an overall ‘HOPE Award’, this will be awarded to a school for their performance and participation in the awards.

Once the nominations have been submitted, each school will select who they wish to put forward in each category. These will then be considered by a county wide judging panel, consisting of representatives from each organisation involved. Overall winners will be selected in each of the four categories and one overall HOPE winner.

In June, the overall winners will be announced and recognised at an awards event. Coverage of this will feature in East Anglian Daily Times/Ipswich Star and BBC Radio Suffolk.

For the full criteria and to submit an entry via the online application form, visit Suffolk Constabulary’s website here.

Alternatively, a form can be requested by emailing [email protected].

Inspector Becky Kidd-Stanton from Suffolk Constabulary said: “The impact of individual acts of kindness, demonstrating respect for others and working as part of a team, should not be under estimated. These attributes are important within schools and the wider community.

“Alongside academic progress, it is important to recognise these skills and attributes that young people often have in abundance.  We would like to encourage pupils, teachers and community members to nominate individuals or groups who they would like to see recognised for their efforts through the Suffolk HOPE awards.

“We would like to thank Suffolk County Council, East Anglian Daily Times/Ipswich Star, BBC Radio Suffolk, ITFC and Suffolk FA for their enthusiasm and support. This exciting new initiative will provide a welcome opportunity to shine a light on some of our inspirational young people at the end of a very difficult academic year. We look forward to receiving your nominations.”

Councillor Paul West, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This past year has been incredibly tough on our communities but there has also been a real sense of coming together and taking care of each other.

“We have seen some truly encouraging demonstrations of resilience, compassion and respect from our young people. It gives me great pride to recognise these inspirational individuals and the contribution they are making to tackling Hate Crime within our communities.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Celebrating achievement is important to us all but I think it’s particularly important to celebrate the achievement of young people making a positive difference in our communities.

“There is so much good work being done by young people right across the county and this often goes unnoticed. The Suffolk HOPE awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to herald some of the outstanding young people we know and admire.

“I’d encourage everyone to have a look at the criteria and take the opportunity to nominate someone who deserves wider recognition for the difference they are making.”

BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast Show presenter Mark Murphy said: “I’m so pleased that BBC Radio Suffolk is involved, it’s lovely to highlight some of the great work going in our schools.”

Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star Brad Jones said: “The EADT and Ipswich Star are delighted to support the HOPE Awards. 

"Young people have faced a particularly challenging time during the pandemic, with home-schooling and so much uncertainty around how the coronavirus crisis will affect their futures.

"Yet whatever their own circumstances, so many young people have stepped up to the mark to support their communities. They have shown amazing kindness and compassion in helping people less fortunate than themselves.

"They have truly done us proud and the HOPE Awards will give them the recognition they deserve."

Dan Palfrey, Public Relations Manager from Ipswich Town Football Club, said: “Ipswich Town is delighted to be supporting the Suffolk HOPE awards. The awards provide an opportunity to recognise the brilliant work that the young people in our county have been undertaking, and the Club is looking forward to playing an active role.”

A spokesperson for Suffolk FA said: “Suffolk FA are pleased to support the Suffolk Hope Awards. These new awards are a great opportunity to recognise those individuals who have shown the core values of the awards throughout the course of the year within their communities. It's important for us to Stand Together and support the young people in Suffolk and these awards are a great opportunity to highlight their contributions and give hope to others.”

Further information and frequently asked questions are available here.

To find out how the constabulary supported Hate Crime Awareness Week in 2020, visit: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/suffolk-constabulary-supports-hate-crime-awareness-week-nohateinsuffolk

Latest news and updates regarding the Suffolk HOPE Awards will be promoted on the constabulary’s and Suffolk County Council’s social media accounts using the hashtags #NohateinSuffolk #HopeAwardsSuffolk

Useful links:

This origins of HOPEhttps://www.suffolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/suffolk-constabulary-supports-hate-crime-awareness-week-nohateinsuffolk

Report a hate crimehttps://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/5-report-it-hate-crime-or-incident

Information about hate crimehttps://www.suffolk.police.uk/about-us/our-policies/hate-crime

Gangs and county lineshttps://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/gangs-information-and-advice

The Sourcehttps://thesource.me.uk/

Norfolk & Suffolk Victim Carehttps://www.nsvictimcare.org/