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Inspiring Young People

The Bristol Young People's "Inspirer of the Year Awards" took place on Saturday 19th October and of the eight nominations from across Bristol two were from SMRT 6th Form -

* the "Equal People" Envision group, whose amazing project taking a workshop challenging sexist and homophobic language into schools around Bristol is featured in a previous 6th Form Story on this site, and

* Kwabena Edwards, a year 13 student who came to the UK from Ghana a few years ago and and has completed a physically gruelling National Citizen Service programme. Kwabena has cerebral palsy, which gives him some difficulty with both mobility and speech. The NCS programme takes four weeks through the summer holidays. In the first week students did a rigorous outward bounds programme including climbing and caving. The second week was spent at UWE meeting representatives of different charitable groups and learning about the voluntary sector. The last two weeks were then spent volunteering, in Kwabz's case with the Wild Goose Cafe in Easton, which works with homeless people and recovering addicts etc., talking and befriending the visitors. The cafe has been chosen by this years 6th Form students as one of their two Rag charities. Kwabz so impressed the organisers of the NCS programme that they nominated him to the Inspire Awards as their most impressive volunteer of the year.


In a field of tremendously inspiring young people all round, Kwabena received the overall "Inspirer of the Year Award", and a more surprised and unassuming winner you couldn't hope to meet.

In addition, John Gibby from Year 13 was on the stage selling the work of the Bristol Youth Council, of which he is the chair. In fact Redcliffe had a third nominee in former student Alex Burnett, a young carer who has not only looked after his grandparents but has succeeded in passing his GCSEs, playing for his local rugby club and taking part in a 10-week community programme.


Award winners