Youth-Led project recognised with awards
A project which has been working over the last two years to improve the number of holiday activities for young people in east Suffolk has won at this year’s Community Action Suffolk Awards.
The Youth Holidays Activity Fund proudly won the Anne Dunford OBE award – for youth participation at the awards ceremony at the Museum of East Anglian Life last week.
The award recognises youth participation, where children and young people aged 11 to 19 (or up to 25 with disabilities/additional needs) were actively engaged in the set up and running of a project or venture.
The scheme was heralded for its leadership by young people who are represented on the ESP board and make final decisions on successful applications, giving them project management experience. The project’s work with the East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group (ESYPAG) was also commended for addressing the priority issue, of the lack of free, non-sport activities for young people 11-18 during the school holidays in east Suffolk.
The project were also runners up at the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards, in the category of Team of the Year.
Since the start of the scheme, 28 different projects and activities have been commissioned over the three funding rounds worth over £33,000. A large number of the activities have been aimed at disadvantaged young people or those with special needs. Examples include a sensory bouncy castle and a cultural day trip to London.
The ESP has provided £50,000 in funding to support the initiative which is being led by young people, with support from the district and county councils until 2018.
Ray Wang, ESP Board Member said: “We were thrilled to receive this award as it recognises the progress made by young people who’ve been involved with the project and made it so successful in east Suffolk.
“We believe the project showcases the importance of involving young people in community projects, and demonstrates what is possible when they are empowered to turn ideas and discussions into tangible social action which makes a real difference.
“We hope the project inspires others to think more about how the influence of young people can help change our communities for the better."
The fifth round of funding for holiday activities during February half term and the Easter holidays 2018 is now open.