Sunderland youth group lands £5,000 grant

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A YOUTH group has won £5,000 to support disadvantage youngsters.

Youth Almighty Project, based at Silksworth Community Centre, has been handed the money by Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund

It beat off competition from other community groups to land the prize, after polling enough of the public vote organised by the bank.

Joanne Laverick, project manager, set up the Youth Almighty Project with her husband Andrew back in 2008.

The 37-year-old said it was humbling that people had supported them.

“We were really delighted when we found out we would be receiving the money – over the moon in fact – and we are still ecstatic now.

“It is nice knowing that people recognise the work that we do, and we are still soaking it all in, to be honest.

“We are for young people, run by young people.

“We deal with children aged eight right through to 19 and the money will certainly be put to good use.”

“The bulk of the money will be spent on people who are not in education, so we will be looking to provide them with more support in order to help them to achieve in life.

“So this money will be a huge help and should hopefully make a big difference in the community,” she added.

More than 200,000 people across the UK took part in a vote between May and September, to select who they wanted to receive the cash, part of a £660,000 cashpot Lloyds Banking Group is investing through the Community Fund.

In total, 132 projects are set to receive £5,000 as part of the campaign.

Lloyds Community and Sustainable business director Paul Turner added: “Becoming the best bank for customers means being the best bank for our communities.

“The group has 30million customers and has a clear role to play in society helping communities thrive.

“The Community Fund highlights the group’s ongoing commitment to the communities we serve and doing more to help Britain prosper.

“We are proud to be able to help the Youth Almighty Project continue the great work they are doing in Sunderland and we look forward to seeing the difference the award will make.”

To find out more about Lloyds Banking Group’s community investment, visit

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