Successful Sunderland youth project celebrates birthday

Some of the youngsters who regularly attend Pennywell Youth Project, pictured in exuberant mood as it celebrates its ninth anniversary.
Some of the youngsters who regularly attend Pennywell Youth Project, pictured in exuberant mood as it celebrates its ninth anniversary.
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A YOUTH group celebrated its anniversary by launching a host of activities.

Members of Pennywell Youth Project gathered at its centre in Petersfield Road, Sunderland, to mark its ninth birthday.

The group, which organises community events and projects across the city, also kicked off a series of events for National Youth Work Week, which took place earlier this month.

“Each year we have a celebration event to recognise young people’s achievements,” said project manager Cassandra O’Neil.

“This is our ninth year in our current premises and we always have a cake designed in the theme of National Youth Work Week.

“This year it is ‘connecting cultures’.”

Young people who have taken part in a range of activities, from surfing to craft sessions, also received certificates to honour their accomplishments.

“National Youth Work Week has been co-ordinated by the National Youth Agency since 1993, providing an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people engaged in youth work to celebrate the achievements and impact of youth work throughout the UK,” added Cassandra.