BASILDON Council is encouraging young people with a passion for helping others to enter the Celebration of Youth Awards.

The awards, run by young people, highlight the positive things done by youngsters in their area.

The deadline for nominations for individuals between 10 and 19 years old, or up to 25 for those with additional needs, is Friday October 5.

This year's award ceremony is held on Wednesday November 7 at the Towngate Theatre and includes awards such as volunteering, young carer and inspirational role model.

Nomination forms can be found at schools, libraries and youth centres or can be downloaded from