Have a look back at our 2015 and 2016 Awards here

There are seven categories covering a huge variety of areas, and each has its own criteria. These guidance notes and FAQs provide you with more detail about the criteria of each award and provide some hints on what the panellists will be looking for. Every young person nominated is considered for the Pope Francis Award, presented by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

This resource sheet provides you with a 90 minute youth work session for youth groups or informally in school or college. There is also an accompanying PowerPoint. And check out our FAQs.


Consider your young unsung hero or heroine. Or maybe a group worth singling out. These awards are  a chance to honour young people whom we might not otherwise notice, and when we stop to think there are so many worth celebrating.

Nominations closed on 13 October.

    We are pleased that St Mary's University, Twickenham is partnering with the Awards to enable us to celebrate the incredible work of young people throughout England and Wales.