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Sutton Young People's Champion Wins National Award 28.06.10

Sutton's "young people's champion" has won newcomer of the year at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Daniel Ayeni and Reeta Chakrabarti

Daniel Ayeni, who manages the Manor Park Children's Centre, picked up the award for his leadership and outstanding contribution to providing local community services at the Children's Star Awards.

Mr Ayeni has been instrumental in setting up a successful group which allows fathers to attend play sessions with their children. He has also had substantial success in encouraging minority groups to use the service.  

He received his award at a gala dinner in central London last Wednesday (23 June), hosted by BBC Political Correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti. The event was also attended by clinical psychologist and TV personality Linda Papadopoulos and Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee.

Cllr Dave Callaghan, Executive Member for Children, Families and Youth Services, said: "Daniel has really excelled at the Children's Centre, providing strong leadership and plenty of creativity. This award is well deserved recognition for all his hard work."

Mr Ayeni, said: "I was really humbled to receive this award. We are only able to do such good work because of the dedication and enthusiasm of all the staff at the Children's centre and support from Manor Park School."

Ms Chakrabarti said: "Our children are the most cherished members of our families and our society. The Children's Star Awards are an opportunity to applaud those exceptional people who work with and care for our children - people who go above and beyond their duties and who richly deserve to be celebrated."

This national awards scheme, run annually, rewards motivated and inspirational local heroes who work to improve the lives of children and young people. The scheme is run by children's charity 4Children and is supported by the Department for Education.

Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010

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