Young Co-operator Awards

Our first-ever Young Co-operator Awards aims to showcase amazing young people who have gone above and beyond for their local community during the last year.

We are on the lookout for the best of the best across 10 categories who have excelled in everything from caring for others to reducing their impact on the environment.

All young people, who live withing Central England Co-op’s trading area, aged 0 to 17 are eligible: West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Central England Co-op is a member owned and community focused organisation, with a strong purpose to create a sustainable Society for all.  We want to encourage younger membership and in so doing give back to local communities who have lived through uncertain times during the pandemic.

Winners will have the chance to become ambassadors who can work with the Co-op on exciting new community projects and products.

The Awards will run from 22 June until 2 August. A panel of judges will then assess the entries and the winners will be announced online in September.

The winners will all receive a trophy and prizes from a range that includes a scooter, tablet, earphones, digital voucher (for the likes of iTunes, Waterstones or Netflix), outdoor games and arts and crafts equipment, as well as a host of Co-op food hampers or vouchers.

The overall winner of the Young Co-operator of the Year will also receive a bike with all the extras needed to get out and about on two wheels.

All winners will also be asked to work with Central England Co-op by becoming a Young Co-operator and helping us to highlight our future campaigns by taking part in events and social media.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to with the subject heading Young Co-operator Awards with the following details:

Name of nominee:
Name of parent/guardian (if they are the ones nominating):
Parent/guardian contact details - email address
Category/Categories you wish to enter:
Reason/Evidence to support why you or your nominee is perfect for this award:
Image/video of the nominee for use in relation to the awards entry:

If you have any questions in relation to the awards, please feel free to get in touch for more details.

Full terms and conditions can be found here:

A breakdown on the categories can be found below.

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Young Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises a dedicated young volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to their local community and contributed energy, skills and time.

Young Carer of the Year

This award is aimed at someone who looks after a relative or loved one, putting another’s needs above their own.

Young Environmental Hero of the Year

This award highlights young people’s environmental achievements and inspiring others to help make a difference.

Young Community Hero of the Year

This award is aimed at finding someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the benefit of their local community.

Young Learner of the Year

This category is for a young person who has exceeded academic expectations and achieved success in education.

Young Arts Hero of the Year

This category is looking for someone who has accomplished something brilliant in the arts.

Young Mental Health Champion of the Year

This award will highlight a young person who has shown leadership in his or her community in promoting mental health and/or mental illness awareness.

Young Charity Hero of the Year

This will aim to reward a young person for inspirational charity work and/or fund-raising.

Little co-operator of the year

This award recognises children aged up to 11 who have shown courage and kindness beyond their age during the past year.

Young Co-operator of the Year

This will be someone who goes to remarkable lengths to help others lead their best life.

(Picked from all the other winners by the judging panel)

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