Congratulations to Gareth Rafferty, aged 18, who won the prestigious Wolverhampton Young Citizen of the Year.
The award recognises the achievements of young people in Wolverhampton who have gone the extra mile to help others.
Gareth was a very worthy winner. He grew up in the care system and dedicated his time to improving the lives of looked after children across Wolverhampton. He’s currently the co-chair of the Wolverhampton Care Leavers Forum too.
Councillor Elias Mattu, the Mayor of Wolverhampton, presented Gareth with a plaque, a cheque for £100 and £500 for the city’s care leavers forum.
The joint runners up were 14-year-old Youth Council member Darram Koomer, a member of our Young People’s Development Group who helped shape The Way, and Amy Nicholas, 18, who received recognition for her work with KICFM.
Other finalists were Kathryn Safrany, 17, Megan Harrison, 18, Amy Richards, 15, and Brandon O’Kelly, 14. It was such a close call and everyone could have been winners.
The award is in its fourth year and organised by the city’s five Rotary clubs with the support of The Way Youth Zone, the Express and Star, Waitrose, Wolves.