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Local young person receives Young Active citizens award from Lord-Lieutenant for volunteering

Local young person receives Young Active citizens award from Lord-Lieutenant for volunteering
Published on 12 October 2021 Print

Ashley Copson who attended Pool Hayes Academy, Willenhall is one of an amazing group of young people that have been selected to receive a Young Active Citizens Award.

From 38 nominations, twelve were chosen to meet the Lord-Lieutenant John Crabtree OBE to receive their prize at a special ceremony held at Acme Whistles in Birmingham.

Ashley Copson has been recognised for his contribution to the community as he volunteered for Walsall Outreach and delivered hampers, fish and chips to the elderly, vulnerable and homeless every week.

The West Midlands Lieutenancy Young Active Citizen Awards were launched last autumn, and schools were invited to share stories of pupils who they knew were contributing in amazing ways. Nominations came from across the region with young people showing caring, dedication and passion to help others.

Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader for Resilient Communities said, “It is so good to see young people volunteering and helping their local communities. As well as dedicating hours of volunteering, Ashley has shown initiative and dedication by delivering meals for those in need in his local area. Every little idea and action really does help support those in need in the borough”

Councillor Chris Towe, Portfolio Holder for Schools said, “We are proud of Ashley and hope that his story will encourage other young people in the borough to volunteer in creative ways, and inspire them to make a valued contribution to their local community.”

The Lord-Lieutenant, John Crabtree OBE said, “We knew young people were doing some fantastic activities to help others but the new award has provided an opportunity to find out how much is going on and how young people are contributing. It is hugely heart-warming to hear their stories and I am impressed with their ingenuity and the lengths they have gone to make such a positive contribution to help others. It was an absolute pleasure to meet many of them and I am grateful for all the schools that helped highlight their endeavours to us.”

Further information about next year’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Young Active Citizen Awards is available at: or email

Pictured left to right are: Arun Bansal, Jayden-Jarrett Whiston, Maison Whiston, John Crabtree OBE (Lord-Lieutenant), Helen Higson OBE (Vice Lord-Lieutenant), Ashley Copson, Harvey Kataria and Jayme Nelson


Notes to editor

Information for the other young people pictured:

Arun Bansal from King Edward’s School, Edgbaston set up the “26 Challenge “ which aimed to raise money for the NHS to make up for money not being raised from marathons. He got his school on a 260km bike ride in May, on fitness campaigns with 26 press-ups and running 26 miles a week to raise a staggering £8,100 for the NHS charity!

J-Jay and Maison Whiston from Ninestiles, an Academy in Acocks Green volunteered for the Fox Hollies Forum, a community group that represents 4,000 local residents. They set up a Youth Kitchen and Youth Club, hoping to keep children like them from hanging around the streets, or sitting at home attached to a phone or games console.

Harvey Kataria from St Michael’s School, Sandwell, supported and promoted the Black Country foodbank with a “Kindness Is Powerful” campaign around National Kindness Day on 13 November.

Jayme Nelson from Sandwell Community School used the year to turn his life around and achieve some amazing results that include winning a Young Writer’s Prize for his short poem “Stuck in the Freezer”.