Local celebrities announced as hosts for first No Child Left Behind awards

Published on 9th January 2020

Local celebrity announcement for NCLB awards

No Child Left Behind, the partnership project to help children and young people thrive in Cheltenham, is pleased to announce hosts for the first No Child Left Behind Awards.

This year's hosts are BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Nicky Price and singer and entertainer Camilla Lewington.

The invite only ceremony - which aims to shine a light on projects that have made a real difference to local children and young people - will take on Thursday 30 January 2020 at Cheltenham Town Hall.  In total 55 nominations for local activities and projects have been submitted for the awards and they are now being assessed by judges for shortlisting.

Camilla Lewington, singer and entertainer, said: “Both Nicky and I are incredibly proud to be the hosts for the first ever No Child Left Behind awards. These awards will be a fabulous opportunity to recognise the essential role that the community plays in shaping the development and opportunities for local children and young people.’’

Nicky Price, BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter, continued: ‘’It is such a privilege to be co-hosting the awards, celebrating the incredible individuals, teams and projects who go the extra mile to help. It’s a brilliant thing to be involved in and I cannot wait for the evening.”

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, said: “We are thrilled to have both Nicky and Camilla working with us on this, they have both been supporters of No Child Left Behind since the early days, and of course they are both wonderfully entertaining and will make sure all our finalists and special guests have a fun evening while we shine a light on Cheltenham projects that have made a difference.

‘’Our thanks also go to our awards sponsors: The Cheltenham Trust, Elliot Oliver estate agents, Stowe Family Law, Northrop Grumman UK, Tidal Training, Cheltenham BID, All About Fun and Paul Baker Insurance Services.’’

The nominations are currently being shortlisted by the following judges: Dame Janet Trotter Chair of Child Friendly Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Spencer Director of Children’s Services at Gloucestershire County Council and Roger Whyborn, Mayor of Cheltenham. The winners will be chosen by Gloucestershire County Council Ambassadors for Vulnerable Children and Young People.

To find out more about the NCLB awards, categories visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk/NCLBawards or follow @NCLBchelt on Twitter or Facebook.


For media enquiries contact: communications 01242 264332 or email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

Notes:

Nominations – which are now closed - should demonstrate one or more of the following outcomes:

  1. Raise awareness of the issue of child poverty in Cheltenham
  2. Work towards 'closing the gap' by making activities accessible & affordable
  3. Demonstrate partnership working that will lead to positive long term change.

Which category?

There are twelve categories that the NCLB project seeks to shine a light on. Award categories reflect the priorities for the 2019 Year of Action:

#OurTown - Understanding what child poverty is and how it affects our town

#PositiveRelationships - Discovering the importance of having good relationships and being kind

#ConfidentGirls - Tackling issues affecting girls, including period poverty and self-esteem

#StrongFamilies - Building happy and resilient families

#CelebratingChildhood - Uniting to celebrate the triumphs and talents of our children

#AmbitiousCareers - Inspiring children to aim high and achieve their potential

#PhysicallyActive - Children and families across the town coming together to get moving

#FunandFulfilment - Helping children find their strengths and passions

#InnovativeEducation - Cheltenham launches a restorative approach to education

#GoodMentalHealth - Finding ways for families to reduce anxiety and have better mental health

#AchievingBoys - Tackling issues affecting boys, including education and criminal exploitation

#EatingWell - Helping families to eat well on a budget.