Every year young people from the region are nominated for the YOPEY award, which is part of a campaign started by Tony Gearing to give young people a fairer image in the media – and society as a whole – by ‘revealing, recognising and rewarding young, unsung heroes and setting them up as positive role models for other young people to copy.’
We were invited to compere this year’s event at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and were selected not just because of the large number of our students who volunteered: 22, but also because last year’s winner, Adam Olivant, is a former Long Road student.
Student Supervisor at Long Road Julie White reports:
“Our involvement started with a one-day training event for our students. The event was run by a professional toastmaster, who helped our students learn how to project their voices.
“Then on the day itself, 3rd November, students were allocated specific tasks: Meeters and Greeters, Presenters, Photographers’ Assistants, Producer’s Assistant, Reporters, Surveyor and Autocue Management. This required another training session, after which our students were sent off to change into their suits / posh frocks.
“The event started at 7pm and was attended by a whole range of dignitaries as well as nominees and their families. Among those present were the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Captain Victor Lucas; the Dean of Ely Cathedral, The Very Reverend Mark Bonney; Sir Graham Bright, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire; Cllr John Peach, Mayor of Peterborough; Cllr Robert Dryden, Mayor of Cambridgeshire; and Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge.
“Our students were excellent,” comments Julie. “They were extremely professional and were a credit to Long Road.”