The Celebrating Young People Awards honour the achievements of those remarkable young people who make our communities and our world a better place. Their achievements are an inspiration for us. They show us all how ordinary young people can do the most extraordinary things.

The 2017 Awards will be held on Thursday 23 November, just a few days before National Youth Sunday. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will be our guest of honour and will present the Pope Francis Award. 


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Nominations are now open. 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.

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 will be considered for the Pope Francis Award, presented by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

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Nominations close 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.

The Celebrating Young People Awards celebrate the principles of Catholic social teaching and the young people across England and Wales who are putting these principles into practice.  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.



In 2016 nearly 250 young people were nominated for awards in six categories, celebrating how they put Catholic social teaching into action. We received inspiring nominations telling us stories of  young carers, volunteers and passionate campaigners, to name just a few. With nominations drawn from schools, parishes, organisations and individuals  throughout England and Wales our judging panels, made up of celebrated figures, had a difficult task. You can read about the 2016 Awards and the glittering ceremony in London's Barbican here including details of all the awardees.

Our inaugural awards ceremony took place on the 1st of July 2015 at a glittering ceremony in Leicester Square. We heard about so many inspiring young people who live out the values of Catholic social teaching each and every day. You can read about, and be inspired by, the 2015 Award Recipients here and read a news report about the night here