GUIDES and Young Leaders from across the county were recognised for their efforts by the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards this week.
52 youngsters from Guides Essex South East County (ESE) which covers Basildon, Billericay, Castle Point, Rayleigh, Southend, South Woodham Ferrers and Wickford, received prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards at a special annual ceremony held at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon on Thursday, 30 January.
The event honoured the award winners aged 11-25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £200, already presented. They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements but mostly for doing their best.
Six adults were celebrated with Leader Awards who have demonstrated, in an outstanding way, an ability to motivate young people. They received a medallion and a framed certificate.
The Jack Petchey Foundation has awarded £90,300 to Guides ESE County since funding started in July 2010.
Winners included Jemma Pemberton, 17, from Billericay. Jemma was nominated for this award by members of the unit as well as the leaders. She is a cheerful and kind member who attends the meetings regularly as well as being involved as a Young Leader for a local Brownie Unit in another district.
She has demonstrated a commitment to the unit and to supporting Girlguiding locally by helping at events within the district and is a friendly role model. This award will help Jemma realise that she is appreciated by the leaders and girls in the unit and it will boost her self-confidence and self-esteem considerably.
The grant award was spent on a social evening at the local Bowling Alley.
Lucy Dixon, 14, from Basildon. Lucy is a role model guide who is always the first to step forward to help both the leaders and fellow guides. She looks after the younger members and takes them under her wing, encouraging them to take every opportunity given to them.
Lucy always has a smile on her face and attends every guide event she can. She is coming to the age when she is going to have to move on to the next section of her guiding journey and she will certainly be missed by everyone when she does finally make the move. The Unit members unanimously voted that she should be put forward for the award for her kindness and concern for everyone, especially the new and younger ones.
The grant award was spent on taking the whole unit to see the pantomime, ‘Rapunzel, ‘ at the Towngate Theatre.
Jenny White, 15, from Castle Point. Jenny is a supportive member of the 1st Thundersley Ranger Unit and will always rise to any challenge. She is friendly and a real pleasure to work with. Jenny always supports any Ranger event and is a willing helper at all Unit fund raising events and those of the district or Division. She is an excellent ambassador for Guiding and will always encourage the younger members to undertake various challenges with enthusiasm.
Recently Jenny has supported a group of Guides with bell ringing at the local church and then thanked the adult church members on the Guides’ behalf. This award will enhance her feeling of unity and ‘belonging’ to the Ranger Unit and hopefully encourage her to undertake further challenging activities to progress through guiding and become an excellent member of the community.
The grant award was put towards the cost of a Xmas Meal for the Ranger Unit.
Kennedy Wall, 15, from Southend East. Kennedy has been a wonderful ‘godsend’ at guides and her 100% attendance has been inspirational to others in the unit. She loves camps and all community based activities i.e. coffee mornings, Shoebury fair, Remembrance Sunday parades etc. etc. She always makes new guides welcome and ensures they fit in and enjoy what they are doing.
Kennedy has decided to become a Young Leader and is working towards that qualification. She is patient, kind, understanding, helpful and always available for planning meetings for input and ideas. Gaining this award will be a fitting accolade for her unstinting thoughtfulness and caring which she has for her peers and leaders alike, and her self-esteem and confidence will really be boosted in the knowledge that others feel this is richly deserved by her.
The grant award was spent on wood, nails etc. for the unit to make bird tables and hand Saws for future wood activities.
Stella Watts, County President said: “I am delighted to be here to celebrate the 6th annual Jack Petchey Achievement Awards for Girlguiding Essex South East. I would like to thank the many VIPS and guests who have come along to support all our winners for their achievements.”
Pam Johnson, County Commissioner, added: “The Girlguides we have seen this evening have all gone that extra mile by helping others and by doing their best. The Achievement Awards grants are a huge benefit to the girls to further their skills and achievements and we are all very grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation.”