High Sheriff Awards given to groups offering opportunities to young people

Two Peterborough groups will receive Cambridgeshire High Sheriff Award grants to support the work they do creating opportunities for young people.

The High Sheriff's Award Scheme was set up in Cambridgeshire over ten years ago, with funding intended to benefit local youth groups in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Award grants are presented to organisations that run projects designed to have a range of long term impacts. This includes improving the education and skills of local young people; increasing participation in volunteering, and reducing crime and antisocial behaviour.

The grants are from money raised by fundraising carried out by the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Captain Victor Lucas RN DL. High Sheriffs take on a personal responsibility for fundraising throughout their year in office.

The applications for the awards are administered and assessed locally by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

Receiving awards this year are Families First Peterborough and Vivacity.

Families First Peterborough will receive £500 and the money will be used by the Monday Night Youth Club, which is held at the Charteris Centre in Welland, Peterborough.

Youth club members are currently raising funds to buy new resources for the club and want to run an art competition to celebrate diversity. Funds will also be used to support the running of the club’s Youth Café.

Cherry Lester, Manager of Families First Peterborough, said: “Everyone involved with Families First Peterborough and the Monday Night Youth Club is very pleased to receive the award. The club provides excellent opportunities for young people in Peterborough and I know the money will be put to good use.”

Vivacity will receive £500 to support young people’s involvement in a six-week art exhibition at the City Galley, Peterborough.

The money will be used to create positions, for example as ambassadors, at the exhibition so young people can gain the experience they need towards getting and Arts Award accreditation, which supports the progression of further education or employment in arts.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Peterborough Town Hall on Wednesday 17 February.

Over the past five years £68,000 has been awarded to 116 projects in Cambridgeshire.

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