THE SEARCH is on for exceptional young people who have overcome adversity or helped their community.

Nominations are being sought for the Isle of Wight High Sheriff's Awards, which recognise the achievements of children and young people.

Each year, awards are given to those who have overcome difficulties in their lives and shown themselves to be positive role models.

High sheriff Ben Rouse said: "The High Sheriff's Awards celebrate the achievements of children and young people who have overcome adversity and become positive role models, helped their community — or maybe both. We celebrate their success through the awards as we hope to encourage attendance at school and direct those who are vulnerable away from crime, anti-social behaviour, substance misuse or unsuitable activities."

If you know a child or young person, aged up to 25, who deserves recognition, you can nominate them for an award.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, February 2. Forms can be downloaded from the high sheriff's website.

Previous award winners have included charity and community volunteers, athletes, young carers and children who have excelled at school despite difficult personal circumstances.

This year's ceremony will be held at Quay Arts, Newport, in March.