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.

Nomination Tips:  

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? 

One of the 2015 award recipients was Abbie Lee from Liverpool. Abbie Lee has been a young carer to her mum and her younger brother for many years and supports her mum through her medical appointments and struggle to face up to seeking help. Nominations are now open.

Check out the other 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 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.

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.