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Ways to help young award winners

If an Award Winner is under 18 years of age, a parent, carer or other responsible adult is consulted before an Award is agreed. At the start, there will be topics to discuss with an Award Manager.

For example:

  • What the Award Winner hopes to achieve, learn, develop, practise.
  • UnLtd’s expectations of the Award Winner.
  • The money.
  • The administration of the Award.
  • The model of support given by UnLtd to Award Winners.
  • Special needs, circumstances or requirements.

The Award Winner will need an adult to countersign the Terms And Conditions form which is the contract or agreement with UnLtd. That adult becomes the Award Winner’s named “adviser” and promises to give support throughout the venture.

Usually, UnLtd communicates directly with Award Winners. In some circumstances, UnLtd will contact parents or carers.

For example:

  • To seek permission to use film or photographs of a young person.
  • To comply with other safeguarding or child protection issues.
  • If an Award Winner proves difficult to contact.
  • If an Award Winner has special needs, circumstances or requirements which make it preferable to make contact via a named adult adviser.

SOME EVERYDAY WAYS TO HELP

  • Check that they don’t neglect the everyday things. A social venture can become an obsession. Remind them to eat, sleep, wash, dress, exercise as necessary. Remind them of their other obligations such as helping at home or going to school or college.
  • On the other hand, give them a bit of space. They might need some quiet time or a bit of room for their business gear.
  • Remember who is boss.
  • The Award Winner is boss of the venture, making decisions and taking risks. Please, advise and help but don’t take over. Liaise with other adults if necessary. Most adults and organisations love working with young social entrepreneurs. Others need adults to confirm the facts.
  • Please help to keep the paperwork in order. Bank statements, invoices and receipts (originals – not copies).