BEST OF WEARSIDE: Sunderland youth project in the running after spreading the word in London

THE delegation from Youth Almighty pictured on their visit to the Houses of Parliament

THE delegation from Youth Almighty pictured on their visit to the Houses of Parliament

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A YOUTH project has enjoyed a capital time by spreading the word about their cause in London.

And in a second boost for the Youth Almighty Project, it has also been nominated for a Sunderland Echo Best of Wearside award.

News that the project was in the running in the community group category of our awards was warmly welcomed by Coun Phil Tye, chairman of the project.

Phil, a Silksworth councillor and Youth Almighty volunteer, said: “I am thrilled. This is totally unexpected and I think it is recognition that the project does a lot of work in the community.”

He said the Youth Almighty Project was, in the main, run by young people who “do a lot to advertise what is run.”

Project delegates also highlighted their work recently by travelling to the Houses of Parliament.

Phil said the delegates reiterated the need for the youth provision to be a statutory matter and not something which should be given “because it is nice to have.”

He added: “They also got to have a full tour of the Houses of Parliament while they were down there.”

Youth Almighty is a project run by the young people of Sunderland with the help and support of youth workers and volunteers.

Activities include centre based sessions, detached sessions, outreach, activity breaks and one-to-one support.

Phil said that, if Youth Almighty did go on to win an award, the success would be “recognition of the young people and their determination which makes Youth Almighty as strong as it is.”

The project joins an already impressive list of nominations - but we want more. The awards which will culminate in a grand finale at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, November 19.

For now, though, we want you to get in touch with your very own favourites. Who knows. They could be the ones following in the footsteps of last year’s fantastic winners.

•Make your nominations here