The outstanding achievements of young people from Mole Valley were celebrated at the Mole Valley Youth Awards last week (March 22).

The annual red carpet awards ceremony, now in its 15th year, is organised by Mole Valley’s youth council, Youth Voice, and supported by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC).

Nominees, parents, guardians and performers filled the Grand Hall at the theatre in Dorking for the event, which featured awards presentations and a series of performances from some of the nominees.

MVDC Youth Councillors were responsible for selecting the winners in each category, which were as follows:

• Drama Award: Brooke Davis

• Outstanding Achievement Award: Jack Berners

• Outstanding Services to Young People: Nik Ward

• Sporting Achievement Award: Jessica Barnor

• Young Chef Award: Dylan Lamb

• Young Dancer Award: Thea Shires

• Young Musician Award: Kate Flanders

• Young Team Award: The Humanitarian Society

• Young Volunteer Award: Jamie McLeod-Smith

Speaking on the event, Leader of Youth Voice and host of this year’s Mole Valley Youth Awards Rebecca Cleary praised the event and said they well reflected the wealth of talented young people in the region.

Ms Cleary said: "Our Youth Awards give us the opportunity to publicly recognise and showcase the amazing achievements of young people from across our district. It is so rewarding to be able to see the hard work and accomplishments of these young achievers being celebrated on this fantastic evening.

"I thoroughly enjoyed hosting the event this year and I am already looking forward to next year’s Youth Awards!"

Each year, youth councillors select a local charity, and run a collection for their good cause. This year’s charity was Dorking’s The Amber Foundation, who offer a fresh start to homeless young people for 24 years.

MVDC said it was always eager to recruit new members to the Youth Council.

If you are aged between 11 and 18 years old and would be interested to join the Youth Council, email

To donate to the Youth Councillors chosen charity, please visit