Hello! My name is Muhammed Bapu. I am the Head Boy of Witton Park Academy and Deputy Youth MP of Blackburn and Darwen.
Last month, I received the Mayoral Award in recognition for my work within my position as Deputy Youth MP. The criteria for this award is based upon services to the community and Borough overall. Many members of the local community have received this award in the past, especially due to the circumstances of these past two years; we’ve all had to pull together to support one another. Therefore, many have been recognised and have received this prestigious award!
The award was presented to me by the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen in the early weeks of June. After receiving this award, we had a discussion about the next steps for young people as we move through the latter stages of the pandemic, GCSEs and the process of examinations this year and the importance of young people being supported around mental health.
I felt honoured to have received this award and it was not only a proud moment for myself but also for my peers in the Youth Forum, as over the course of the pandemic, we continued with our normal routines of meetings and produced many resources throughout the pandemic.
After receiving this award, I am looking forward to continuing in my role and supporting young people in voicing their views on key issues and how we shape a better future, especially in the recovery period as we move through the pandemic.
Overall, a reminder that amongst the difficult times, there are always opportunities for us to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.