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The “Olibob” Awards

The “Olibob Awards” are for young people in recognition of inclusivity, encouragement, kindness, and support of others in drama or music groups.

The “Olibob” Awards include a trophy and a sum of £500 for each recipient.

The award is named after Oli Williams, who tragically died in a road traffic collision in 2020 at the age of just 27. His friends and family affectionately knew him as “Olibob”. Oli worked in the video games industry and is credited on several well-known Xbox games. Outside of work, drama and music were his passion. He often went to the theatre, and he acted and sang in many performances with amateur dramatics groups. Importantly, his personality, life skills, and confidence, which helped him with his education and career, were developed in drama groups from a young age. He abhorred intolerance or discrimination of any type and had an incredibly inclusive, kind, and caring nature. He was known by his friends as someone who supported everyone and always gave more than he took.

It was for this reason that we wanted to use Oli’s legacy to recognise other young people who have demonstrated empathy and support of others, whilst participating in drama and music groups.

Specifically, the “Olibob” Award will be granted to young people aged 13-21 who have demonstrated personal growth from drama or music groups, and shown inclusiveness, kindness, care, and support of others.

The recipient will likely be part of a school or local drama or music group, though individuals may also be nominated.

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This news item was posted on 1 October 2021.

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