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Challenging Stereotypes. Celebrating Success. Creating Futures

6th National BYA Awards, 26th November, 2016.

The UK's premier national celebration of accomplishments made by black and mixed heritage young people will make its way to The CEME Conference Centre in Rainham, Essex on Saturday, 26th of November, when the Back Youth Achievement Awards (BYA Awards) will highlight excellence within the community once again.

Hosted by Sky 1 and Radio 1Xtra presenter Remel London with headline performer MOBO nominee Nadia Rose, 14 exceptional winners will be recognised on the night.

Children's charity Barnardo's are supporting this year's awards as Headline Sponsor and as sponsor of the 'Resilience' category.

Barnardo's Chief Executive Javed Khan said: "We're really proud to help recognise the successes of black and mixed heritage young people through our support for the BYA Awards. Every day Barnardo's supports a diverse range of children, young people and families, and we continually witness those young people achieving great things despite the many barriers that may be placed in front of them. There are so many inspiring stories out there, and I'd encourage people to attend and hear those stories at the awards ceremony in November".

Established in 2008, the BYA Awards serve as a platform of recognition of young people's personal accomplishments, talents and positive contributions to society.

Founder Kay Oldroyd said: "Whilst we are still faced with the reality of prejudice and racism in our communities as well as ageism, it is crucial that we continue to uplift and motivate our young people to excel in all that they do and publicly celebrate them whilst challenging stereotypes and negativity.

"Young black and mixed heritage people are still more likely to be excluded from mainstream education, face barriers to employment, refused access to opportunities, be disproportionately represented in the criminal justice and mental health systems and have limited positive visual images in mainstream media to look up to.

"However, there is an abundance of unrecognised talent, leadership and excellence that lies throughout the younger generation and we take great pride in being able to highlight and promote that through the BYA Awards as well as creating vibrant, positive role models to impact and influence future generations in the right way."

There are 11 categories open to the under 25s:-

Literary, Performing and Visual Arts; Education; Sports; Business & Enterprise; Community; Resilience (those in care / care leavers); International Champion; Choices and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). As well as 3 categories open for any age group championing the Mother, Father and Youth Organisation of the Year.
Nominations were taken via website www.bya-awards.com and closed on Friday, 16th of September, 2016.

"In this day and age, we as adults, parents and members of society need to stop complaining about how younger generations are underachieving. We must nurture them and fill them with promises and hope that life is more than just what they see on social media and within this broken society.
The BYA Awards play a pivotal role in making sure the youth are supported and nurtured into becoming active and engaged citizens with an empowered sense of self and strong, balanced mind. I am a living testimony to their great works! - BYA Finalist & Ambassador Kazeem Tunde of UK RnB group Rough Copy.

Tickets for the premier event are now on sale and area available from www.bya-awards.com
There are also sponsorship and advertising opportunities available by contacting Kay Oldroyd: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07415 874 770.

"There's a Success Story in Everyone"

Facebook bya.uk #BYAAwards2016, Twitter @byamovement #WeCelebrateSuccess, Instagram @bya_awards2016 #BlackYouthAchieving

Notes to editor:

  • For further information about the awards, nominations, interviews, volunteering or supporting the event contact Kay Oldroyd: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07415 874 770
  • Tickets start from just £18 www.bya-awards.com/tickets
  • For sponsorship and advertising opportunities email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07415 874 770. There are a range of sponsorship opportunities starting from just £20 with all income reinvested.
  • To date, over 300-individuals have been recognised for their accomplishments and more than 300,000 people around the world have been able to read about UK youth in a positive light.
  • Sponsors have included Microsoft, Barnardo's, The British Council, 4 Talent and Pearson, along with a diverse range of small and medium enterprises who have enthusiastically pledged their support.
     
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If you fancy celebrating your civil partnership or wedding in a World War Two aircraft hangar in the shadow of historic aircraft, then the Royal Air Force Museum in London has some ideas for you. It’s an opportunity for Bridegrooms to remember their childhood airplane models, while Brides can take comfort from the fact that it’s fully heated, and spotlessly clean so their dresses will stay that way too.

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The museum is in Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL, although satellite navigators will have better luck with NW9 5QW. Follow the A1 parallel to the N1 and turn east along Aerodrome Road. Turn right shortly into Aviation Drive and right into Grahame Parkway. You can’t miss the gigantic building, although the runways have fallen silent and turned into housing.

Your guests can enjoy a glass of wine in the Battle of Britain Hall, where Spitfires and Hurricanes stand proudly. Then you could retire for dinner in the shadow of a historic Lancaster bomber, or find something more contemporary in the Milestones of Flight Hangar. The catering facilities are superb and there is parking for everybody on site.

The Royal Air Force Museum has a sister facility at Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire that can accommodate up to 800 guests just half an hour away from Birmingham and Wolverhampton - and only 10 minutes from Telford. They have three great wedding spaces for three very different sets of circumstances.

Hangar One is a generous room with fantastic props. You can receive your guests with drinks in the company of the Argosy and Anson aircraft. When you are ready, you can retire to the dinner-dance of your choice beneath the spreading wings of a Comet airliner.

The Visitor Centre has an amazing glass frontage and presents a more modern alternative. This is perfect for a formal reception-dinner in the evening. Perhaps the most amazing place of all to sip chilled cocktails is the National Cold War Exhibition, where you can while away the hours in the company of legendary Vulcan, Victor and Valiant nuclear bombers. What a way to make an impact!

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The London Museum is expansive and we were feeling peckish after exploring it. They have two eating places, being the aptly named Echo Alpha Tango Restaurant, and the Wessex Café for lighter snacks. We settled for the former’s aged beef burgers served with cheese and caramelised onions, while junior and his sister got stuck into their mini cheese and tomato pizzas, with garlic bread and fresh salad respectively.

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While we were surprised to find farmland as opposed to water surrounding the Hinckley Island Hotel, we perked up immediately after we arrived. This contemporary, modern hotel is an oasis of calm in the heart of Leicestershire, and has absolutely everything you could possibly want for the wedding of your lifetime.

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We had no idea what to expect as we drove down the M69 and exited east on the A5. We were able to drive right up to the buildings, because they are in a circle with a road around. Just perfect for a cold or rainy day we thought. But what would we find inside? We discovered the Hinckley Island Hotel has five suites that cater from anything from 40 wedding guests to 400, and that each has its own distinct character. The cherry on the cake is they cater specially for Asian, Jewish and Greek celebrations

The hotel complex is impressive. They have conference facilities for up to 600 people, and 362 bedrooms including 4 suites. We thought the prices reasonable given they have free wi-fi and parking, and are dog and kid friendly too. The Health and Fitness Centre is open to hotel guests and members. Bookings are essential during busy times.

We were particularly impressed with the facilities the Hinckley Island Hotel lays on for weddings. Your guests will benefit from ample complementary parking and admission through a private entrance. They host wedding fayres from time to time including bridal fashion shows with canapés and champagne. You can meet local service providers, and even get a goody bag for the bride-to-be.

What’s more, you can choose between in-house catering by local firms, and bringing your own caterer with you who already understands your needs. When we visited we were feeling peckish and faced the dilemma of choosing between the Brasserie and Conservatory restaurants, and the more informal Piazza Bar for lunch. The latter won hands down as we were in a rush. We settled for delicious tender roast beef and spicy horseradish sandwiches on the shore overlooking the lake. We decided the Hinckley does look like an island after all.

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The hotel has a team of consultants dedicated to delivering weddings and conferences to international standards. There is no charge for the service and we recommend you use it. We are confident in recommending the Hinckley Island Hotel for your wedding and reception.
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Proposing to your partner to get permanently hitched is a big moment in your life, and you could be feeling nervous. In this picture a giant wave knocks a couple off a rock. Fortunately nobody got hurt and the insurance paid out. This goes to prove it pays to plan, and maybe check the tides and weather too.

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Be Sure to Ask First

Having a proposal turned down could be the worst day in your life. You feel awful and your girlfriend does not know what to do next. Do not wreck a special friendship and end up with an unwanted diamond in your bottom drawer. Talk openly about marriage first.

Discuss the Ring Together
 
While you are going to order the ring and pay for it, it does make sense to check details like your girlfriend’s ring-finger size, and the design she fancies. Besides, she may not even want a ring at all, in which case you have more money for the celebration and can invite extra friends.
 
Touch Sides with Parents
 
Don’t get me wrong. You do not have to ask anybody’s permission to get married except your partner. That said, both sets of parents are concerned about your futures and it is a good idea to have them onside. They will appreciate you more if you discuss it first.

Be Unexpected

Saying, “Honey, can I propose to you next Tuesday at 10 am”, defeats the purpose. Part of the game is your offer is supposed to be a big surprise. That said, doing it in the underground is hardly romantic. Make your offer of a life together in romantic space where you can steal a kiss.

Be Well Prepared

Getting engaged is a big deal and you do not want to mess it up. Like any other speechmaker, you need to check the venue out, make your notes, and practice. All great orators do that. Winston Churchill did and Barack Obama does. You can bet the Queen does too!

Choose the Perfect Spot

Proposing can be even more romantic if you get things warmed up first. You do this taking her to a romantic spot where you can be all alone. She will be thinking, “Is this the moment that I finally get popped the question?” When you do, she will be so pleased she will melt into your arms as you slip the ring across her finger.

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Formal weddings in clobber you never see again do not belong with people who believe in having fun. A wedding is a time to celebrate with those you love. You can do the ceremony any way you want. The rest is up to your imagination and here are some suggestions.

Have an Early Morning Affair–And by that we mean before the birds get up and when the sky is just a glow on the horizon. You are officially starting your married life together so you may as well share it with the dawn. Get your timing right. Exchange rings as the golden globe appears, and you will have a memory that will stun your friends.

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Celebrate with a Bonfire– If our first suggestion was a little premature how about going somewhere after dark where you arranged a bonfire just waiting for a light. After the ceremony is over the bridegroom says something like ‘honey stoke my fire’, the bride does just that and the champagne corks begin to pop.

Have a Competition– This one needs a little prearranging. You need to think up a few questions that your guests should know the answer for. Create two teams and give out clues like ‘John’s Secret Hobby’ and ‘Mary’s Big Cake Disaster’. The girls in the winning team get to kiss the groom and the boys the bride. Steady on the passion, this is just for fun.

Plan Something for the Kids– Chances are many of your guests have children of their own, and really don’t want to leave them behind or tell them to be quiet. Arrange something special for their children that will keep them happily occupied. Think big. Hire in a clown. Organise a hide and seek with really groovy prizes.

Do It Over a Weekend– And why not? Who needs to dash to a wedding after work, and drive home in the dark after too much food and drink? Ask several of your best friends to find a venue that everybody can afford and that has space for everybody too. You have more than enough to concentrate on what with planning the ceremony. Tell them to make it happen!

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Organise a Band– Getting married costs money, but what the heck. You only live once and you intend to stay together forever afterwards. Instead of ordering expensive French champagne and canapés to die for, why not serve something simple to the accompaniment of a band that you can dance to all night long.
Of course, these are not the only possibilities. We just wanted to give a few examples. There may be a hundred more ways to make getting married fun.
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