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Search is on for inspirational young people in Salford

Salford housing provider Salix Homes is shining the spotlight on inspirational young people as part of its search for community heroes.

Nominations are now open for the Salix Stars Awards, which recognise groups or individuals in Salford who are making a difference in their community.

Among the categories is the Young Rising Star Award, sponsored by construction specialists Seddon, which is awarded to a young person under 24-years-old who has made a positive impact in the community.

Last year’s Young Rising Star winner was Keenen Haggerty, 17, from Lower Kersal.

Keenen volunteers at the Just Youth Chrisp Project in Lower Kersal where he works with disadvantaged children and young asylum seekers.

Speaking after he was crowned winner, he said: “I started out attending the youth club and then they asked me to volunteer and I said I’d love to because I’ve always wanted to work with kids and I want to go in to teaching. It was a bit of a shock to win, but it feels good to be rewarded for the work that you do.”

Lee Sugden, Salix Homes chief executive, added: “The younger generation often hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, but we know there are many young people in Salford who are contributing to their community in a positive way, so if you know a young person who deserves some recognition then I urge you to nominate them.”

The other categories in this year’s awards include Aim High Star, Spirit of Salford Star, Shelagh Delaney Creativity Star and Best Green Star.

Nominations close on August 16 and the awards ceremony takes place at The Lowry, Salford Quays on Friday, November 27.

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SalfordOnline.com's Local History Editor and Senior Reporter.