The Celebrating Young People Awards honour the achievements of those truly remarkable young people who make our communities and our world a better place. Their achievements are an inspiration for us all. They show us all how ordinary young people can do the most extraordinary things. Nominations closed in May 2016. Nearly 250 young people were nominated for awards in six categories, celebrating how they put Catholic social teaching into action. We're 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. But the six separate panels have now  chosen their shortlists and the award recipients all of which were celebrated in a glittering ceremony in the Barbican.

We are pleased that St Mary's University, Twickenham is partnering with the 2016 Awards to enable us to celebrate the incredible work of young people throughout England and Wales.




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 he we stop to think there are so many worth celebrating. Nominations are now closed for 2016, but you can read about the 2016 awardees here, and review last year's recipients here.


There are seven categories covering a huge variety of areas, and each has its own criteria. These guidance notes 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 Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Download them here.


The Celebrating Young People Awards also 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 to be used in youth groups or informally in school or college. There is also an accompanying PowerPoint


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.