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About the Awards

At Young K&C, we believe in the power of community and the importance of recognising those who make a difference in the lives of young people. The Young K&C Achievement Awards is our way of honouring the remarkable achievements of individuals and organisations within the voluntary and community sector in Kensington and Chelsea.

Why the Awards?

In a borough with over 100 voluntary and community sector organisations dedicated to serving more than 10,000 children and young people, the contributions of these unsung heroes often go unnoticed. The Young K&C Achievement Awards seeks to change that narrative by celebrating the outstanding work of those who consistently deliver high-quality services to local children and young people.

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  • Aurnela Madede
    Aurnela Madede
    Youth Worker of the Year

    Aurnela Madede is described as a passionate, driven and supportive youth worker who has led children and young people to increase their confidence and become the best version of themselves. Aurnela champions the mental health and wellbeing of the children she works with, ensuring they all have a space they can feel safe and secure in.

  • Hornimans Adventure Playground
    Hornimans Adventure Playground
    Best Work Championing Play

    Hornimans Adventure Playground provides free fun activities and food to children and young people in Kensington and Chelsea. In an exciting outside environment with swings and climbing opportunities, children and young people have the opportunity to explore the environment and build relationships with their peers.

  • Ulick Tarabanov
    Ulick Tarabanov
    Lifetime Achievement

    Ulick Tarabanov has run London Sports Trust for over 25 years, building a community for over 10,000 children and young people for across the tri-borough area. Ulick gives young people the opportunity to access sports, including watersports, skills development and employment.

  • Octavia Foundation
    Octavia Foundation
    Best Work Including SEND Young People

    Octavia Foundation providing a unique offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to access digital media and film making sessions. The sessions give young people the independence to bring their visions to life through creative media making opportunities.



Do you know someone or an organization deserving of recognition? Nominate them for a Young K&C Achievement Award and help us shine a spotlight on their extraordinary efforts.


Join us at the annual Young K&C Achievement Awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our winners and show your support for the youth sector in our borough.


Whether it's through volunteering, donations, or spreading the word about youth-focused initiatives, you can support the Achievement Awards for future years.

It brought home the rich tapestry, range and depth of the local voluntary and community sector, the incredibly committed people who work in it (for less money than they could earn elsewhere), and the selflessness of people who volunteer and give so much of themselves to helping others.

John Francis, Shared Children’s Services, RBKC and Westminster City Council

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Thank you for joining us in celebrating excellence in children and youth services with the Young K&C Achievement Awards!