Nominations for this year’s British Citizen Youth Award in association with Specsavers – which recognises the extraordinary contributions made by young people to society, charities and communities – are now open.

Many acts of kindness

The awards will give the public the chance to highlight the many acts of kindness, bravery and compassion carried out by children across the UK.

Those selected to receive an award will be invited to attend a special presentation at the Palace of Westminster in October 2017, where Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins will present the medals. It is the second year of Specsavers’ involvement, having sponsored the inaugural awards in 2016.

Inspiring stories

Dame Mary said: ‘It’s so inspiring to hear the incredible stories and achievements of the young people nominated for the British Citizen Youth Award, and we’re extremely proud to be involved in such as a worthy cause.’

The British Citizen Youth Award is open to all children who will be under the age of 16 in October 2017. To apply, please email with BCYA in the subject line. The deadline for all entries is Wednesday 9 August 2017.

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