Inspiring Adult Youth Leader

The CYMFed Award is designed to recognise a truly inspiring adult youth worker or youth minister.

We know that there are 100s of people who have dedicated their lives to working with and for young people, often in a thankless role. This is your opportunity to thank the person in your community who truly goes above and before for young people. Your CYMFed Award nominee should not be paid for the work they are nominated for.

Nomination Tips: Does your Parish have a truly excellent volunteer youth leader? Is your local Scout leader always there to offer advice and support? Does your Diocese have an incredible Youth Minister who has inspired generations of young people? The 2017 award recipient was Carmel Keane, from the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Those who nominated her said, “It would mean the world to Carmel to win the CYMFED Award! She volunteers so many hours of every day. She sees the face of Christ in every young person and ministers to them accordingly. This award gives us a chance to show her just how deeply she is loved and valued for the tireless work she does. Youth leaders can often be taken for granted, all the conversation with parents, the grumpy teenager, the 'no shows' the cold and dark nights - Carmel is there for all of it. It is wonderful to be able to recognise this ambassador for her parish, this role model of living the Gospel.” Nominations are now open.

Check out the youth awards:

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 Cardinal Nichols.

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