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Essex Youth Service receives nominations as part of Basildon’s New Town 70th Anniversary

21 November 2019
Celebrating 70 years with 70 Basildon heroes

Throughout 2019 we have received a host of Basildon Hero nominations from members of the public, for the work we, and our partner organisations do for young people in Basildon.

All our nominated Basildon Heroes will be honoured at a reception with the Mayor in late-November 2019. The nominations include: Gateway SEN Youth Club, Basildon Borough Youth Council and Rachel Ojo for her work as an anti-bullying champion. Find out more about the nominees.

Gateway SEN Youth Club

The Gateway SEN Youth Club supports young people with additional needs between the ages of 13 and 25. The club's local volunteers work tirelessly to bring to life the fun and memorable experiences which have been planned by its young members.  The club's regular activities include: pool, quizzes, cooking and the occasional outing.

Rachel Ojo

Recipient of 'The Diana Award' for her role as an anti-bullying champion, Rachel is a member of the Basildon Borough Youth Council as well as Chair of the UK Youth Select Committee for knife crime, representing the young people of Basildon at 10 Downing Street.

Basildon Borough Youth Council

This inspirational group created a video called 'Lifting the lid on mental health' to raise awareness of mental health issues affecting young people, the video is now used as teaching resource in schools through Basildon, helping countless young people.