Youth Almighty: Young people’s project builds on success after winning Best of Wearside award

Sunderland Echo Best of Wearside Awards 2014 - Community Project Award winners The Youth Almighty Project Joanne Laverick and Phil Tye.
Sunderland Echo Best of Wearside Awards 2014 - Community Project Award winners The Youth Almighty Project Joanne Laverick and Phil Tye.
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A youth project has built on the success of winning a Sunderland Echo award.

Officials at Youth Almighty have told how winning the Community Project category of last year’s Best of Wearside awards has been a catalyst for growth.

Sunderland Echo Best of Wearside Awards 2014 - Gavin Leng (right) of Martinos presenting the Community Project Award to Youth Almighty

Sunderland Echo Best of Wearside Awards 2014 - Gavin Leng (right) of Martinos presenting the Community Project Award to Youth Almighty

Phil Tye, a Youth Almighty volunteer, looked back on the success and described the awards night as “amazing.”

He added: “We have used the press clippings to help apply for additional funding and got substantial opportunities as a result of it.”

One came from a national project which is helping Youth Almighty to expand its mentor, counselling and support services for adolescents. Another paid for LED lights at the home of Youth Almighty, which has helped it to control its electricity costs.

Some of the group’s young members were at last year’s awards and enjoyed the big night. Phil added: “They thoroughly enjoyed it. It was glamorous, it was really good and there was a big surprise when we won.”

He encouraged groups across the city to enter this year’s awards and said “the night itself was amazing”.

This year, the competition is being held in association with Vantec Europe Ltd. Category sponsors are Calsonic, Gentoo, Martinos, TWR and UK Asbestos.

From now until the deadline of Monday, November 2, we will be looking for the very best in our communities.

Then, we will narrow down the excellent field and create shortlists for each category.

Then, we will unveil our Best of Wearside champions and we will do that in a grand finale at the Stadium of Light.

That will be held on Thursday, November 19, and we are hoping to nominate some truly deserving people.

But we can only do that if our readers tell us all about the people who deserve honours. We are calling on people across Wearside and East Durham to recognise the real heroes of our area –the people who make a difference in the community. Let’s make this a fantastic awards night, filled with stories to remember.

To nominate your own personal favourite, fill in the nomination form on this page or visit http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/