On the lookout for Barking and Dagenham’s young unsung heroes

A project backed by David Cameron is on the lookout for young unsung heroes in the borough.

The John Lewis Young People of the Year contest, or YOPEY, recognises youths who spend time volunteering in their community or doing something to help others.

It was launched in 2005 by former journalist Tony Gearing who was fed up with the bad press young people often receive and wanted to change that image and offer up role models for others to follow.

This is the first time that the YOPEYs have been run in London.

The winner - an individual or group - will get £1,000, of which half will be invested in a project or charity of their choice.

Prime Minister David Cameron said of YOPEY entries: “It struck me that their common trait was their own determination; their desire to succeed; and their resolve to make a difference.”

The London-wide competition is open to young people aged from 10 to 25, who either live, work or study in the capital.

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Entries will close early in the new year and the awards are due to be held next spring at a prestigious London venue.

To nominate, visit yopey.org

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