Pupils, teachers, Scouts, and community groups from across the country attended a special event at the Houses of Parliament on 14 March 2018 to receive their Your UK Parliament Awards.
These awards celebrate the amazing work of passionate, engaged people all over the UK who make a difference in their communities and beyond by connecting with the UK Parliament.
The awards ceremony was hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP.
Award winners were chosen by the Speaker, a judging panel of MPs and independent judges, from entries sent in by schools, community groups and organisations all over the UK.
Rt Hon John Bercow MP, The Speaker of the House of Commons, said:
“All of the winners should be immensely proud of themselves. Their stories will help inspire others to take action.”
David Clark, Head of Education and Engagement at UK Parliament, said:
“The awards celebrate people and communities’ positive engagement with the UK Parliament. We were delighted to see so many inspiring submissions from across the UK. The winners demonstrate the power of having their voices heard to engage and influence the UK Parliament.”
Teacher Ambassador Award Winner
The winner of the Teacher Ambassador Award was Arthur Wood, Deputy Head of Juniors at Ashbridge School in Preston.
This award is for a teacher or educational leader who has taken part in Teachers’ Institute and used this experience to teach students and colleagues in innovative ways about the UK Parliament.
Arthur completed the Teachers’ Institute in July 2017, and qualified as a Gold Ambassador in December 2018.
UK Parliament Week Award Winner
The winner of the UK Parliament Week Award was ScoutsCymru.
This award celebrates the contribution of our most engaged and active UK Parliament Week partner in 2017. Over 4500 events took place in UK Parliament Week this year, making it the biggest and most successful yet.
ScoutsCymru was an active UK Parliament Week Partner, with around 490 ScoutsCymru members taking part in UK Parliament Week across 26 of 40 constituencies in Wales.
Digital Democracy Award Winner
The winner of the Digital Democracy Award was Rachael Farrington from Voting Counts.
This award celebrates the work of an individual or organisation that has connected people with the UK Parliament through digital engagement.
Voting Counts is a website providing a simple, unbiased resource that aims to engage young adults in elections by explaining the importance of their vote.
Community Campaigner Award Winner
The winner of the Community Campaigner Award was Become, a charity for children in care and young care leavers.
This award recognises an individual or organisation that has worked towards change in their local community, encouraging and enabling others to do the same.
Become have spent the last two years delivering an amazing project called Passport to Parliament, enabling looked after children and care givers to be agents of change.
The Speaker’s School Action Award
The winner of The Speaker’s School Action Award was Biddenham International School & Sports College in Bedford.
This award recognises fantastic projects which have had a positive impact on schools or local communities. This special award is sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Commons and applications from individuals, school groups or school councils were welcomed.
The school’s Student Forum was proactive in raising awareness of mental health issues, including exam stress and anxiety, and introducing a range of support mechanisms for mental health and well-being in schools.
Next year it could be you…
Get inspired by the winners of this year’s Your UK Parliament Awards!