Celebrating human dignity

The St Josephine Bakhita Award recognises young people who have enabled others to live a life of dignity.

Every human being is seen as equal. They’re lovingly and beautifully made in God’s image and likeness. The other principles flow from this. This is a very board and wide ranging category, in which most of the social action being celebrated by these awards would be eligible for.

If your nominee would fit better in another category, please do nominate them in a different category.

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Do you know a young person who is a young carer, who manages to care for a parent or a sibling and still come to school/work each day without complaint? Perhaps you know a young person who consistently puts the dignity of others before themselves. Or maybe a young person who is dedicated to working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities? 

Caitlin Howell-Williams from St Mary Help of Christians was a recipient of the St Josephine Bakhita Award in 2019.

Her nominator said “19-year-old Caitlin has always been incredibly generous from an early age - from a school trip to Zambia to see what life was like for young people there and the everyday struggles they face, she was moved to donate all her football kits to the children there. And after visiting a local refugee support charity and hearing their stories she decided to take a gap year and travel to Samos in Greece. She worked 6 days a week for 6 weeks helping at the camp they call ‘the jungle’. Caitlin hopes that by being recognised it will highlight the miserable conditions refugees in Samos live in.”
Nominations are now closed.

Check out the other youth awards:

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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 panelists will be looking for. Every young person nominated will be considered for the Pope Francis Award by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

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 Awards Powerpoint, in addition to an accompanying PowerPoint. And check out our FAQs.

Want to know more about our six Catholic social teaching values, then click here.