John Whitfield Award
... The 2021 winner is ...
On 14th October 2021 Sara Bruce (daughter of the late Lion John Whitfield)
presented Alfie Walker with the John Whitfield Trophy
and Lion President Charles presented Alfie with a cheque for £50.
This award is presented to a young person annually to recognise significant voluntary service
to the community in Stratford and surrounding villages.
For the past 4 years Alfie has been an integral part of Warwickshire County Council’s Stratford-on- Avon District Youth Forum . He has volunteered at events from the River Festival (2018) to the SPARK Music Concert (2020) and encouraged and persuaded young people to share their thoughts about the issues that matter to them. He has also written funding bids to support their activities.
Alfie is also one of the founding members of Stratford upon Avon Youth Town Council and is the current Treasurer. For a young person Alfie is incredibly mature, he is focused and dedicated to his roles and is making a vast difference to his peers, including mentoring the younger members.
For both of these organisations he has shared campaigns and advice to support
young people’s wellbeing and mental health during the pandemic.
Alfie was also involved in helping WCC put together a youth conference to help showcase
the voice of young people in Autumn 2021.
Young Ambassador Competition
The Lions Young Ambassador of the 21st Century Award
recognises young people for their outstanding community service involvement and
encourages them to keep and develop that community involvement.
It broadens awareness of community service opportunities and enables them to sharpen
interview and communication skills.
It also gives them the opportunity to win a bursary for a community project which
they have been undertaking or want to start.
This is a National Competition which aims to celebrate the many achievements of
young people commencing in September of each year.
Candidates must be aged between 15 - 18 years by the end of June in the following year.
Local candidates have won up to £1,500 for their charitable project.
Previous candidates from Shakespeare Lions
2020 - Jake
2019 - Abi
Abi won the district & UK finals in 2020 and went on to represent Lions in the UK
in the European final that was held 17th April 2021. This was a virtual presentation due to covid restrictions at the time.
Abi gave a brilliant presentation full of conviction and personality.
Click the video below to hear Abi's presentation
Jake volunteers for the Adaptive Club which operates under the umbrella of the
Stratford upon Avon Boat Club.
It helps introduce people
with physical disabilities to rowing and
supports them while they gain
experience in this sport.