The Our Young Stars Awards will recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of extraordinary young people in the district.

Residents, schools and organisations are being asked to nominate a young person who they feel is worthy of such an award and receive the recognition they deserve.

In launching the awards at the Guildhall, Bath & North East Somerset Council Leader, Tim Warren, said, “I was inspired to create the awards after hearing the remarkable stories of young people, who make a valuable contribution to their community, at Bristol’s Young Heroes Awards, organised by Community of Purpose earlier this year.

“I know that across Bath and North East Somerset there are many selfless and courageous young people, who may have forsaken some of the joys and freedom of childhood to make a difference to the lives of others or to achieve great things in the face of adversity or personal challenges.

“I think it’s important to recognise these young people, share their stories and celebrate their achievements.”

There are five main categories for the awards: Education, Unsung, Courage, Sport and Innovation.

A panel of judges will look at all the nominations in December and select three of the most deserving young people from each category to become finalists. The 15 finalists will then be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9 March 2019 for a celebration of their achievements, where the winners will be announced and awards presented to all of the finalists.

The Our Young Stars Awards are supported by Wessex Water, Bath Rugby, Rengen Developments part of the IESIS Group, and Kersfield.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 30 November 2018.

Nomination forms are available online at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/ouryoungstars

Completed forms can also be returned by post to: Bath and North East Somerset Council, The Leader’s Office, Guildhall, Bath. BA1 5AW or emailed to: Leader&email hidden; JavaScript is required

Nominees must be 18 or under on December 31 2018 and live in Bath and North East Somerset.