We are thrilled to announce that we have two runners up in two categories for the Youth Matters Awards this year!
In the Volunteer of the Year category, we have our own Mark Sillett, who was been volunteering and helping out with the City Centre Project for two years and already made a massive impact. In his own spare time Mark comes into the city centre after Sixth Form miles away, as well as working at the Theatre Royal part time. Mark is passionate about production, and has lead several workshops introducing young people of a similar age to his own to technological production and musical theatre workshops, as well as helping with the lighting and equipment at a multitude of events held at the City Centre Project.
At only 18, Mark uses his time to help, support and motivate others, and is constantly encouraging and welcoming at the project.
In the Family Work Project category, we have our YMCA SPACE2… youth project which has been running since 2013 and had over 3,000 recorded members. The priority of the City Centre Project is to help stabilise and support young people gain a better chance of employment, as well as offer a safe place to go in the centre. It has an IT suite, dance studio and music studio, run predominantly by volunteers and a staff member and works with individuals to support them in matters of crisis, such as housing, welfare advice, immigration, mental health and relationships.
The City Centre Project is different to most as it welcomes young adults, with 437 members aged 18+ and provides support that they may not find elsewhere within the city for their age. The project has exceeded expectations, and has become very popular with young people, so far this year 53 have gained employment after visiting our job club. The project is also supported by the local police and other businesses, who believe that SPACE2… is a safe and supportive environment for young people.