Epping Forest Youth Council organised the third Youth Project of the Year Award at the Civic Offices in Epping on 30th October.
- YPOTY Award Winners 2012
The evening was a celebration of youth work and voluntary work for the benefit of young people in the community. The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Brian Rolfe, presented the awards and commended the work of all the youth projects across the district.
Youth Councillor Ella Foster said, “One of the main issues we hear is there isn’t anything to do for our age group so, once again, the Youth Council set about locating local youth projects to put them on the map. This year we found 16 youth projects running in the district. ”
Youth Councillors personally visited 14 of the 16 youth projects over a three month period. Ella explained, “When visiting each youth club, we assessed the atmosphere in the centre, the opportunities to learn; we looked at the location, disabled access and street lighting. All of these factors we feel are important for young people. Where possible, we then returned to each project to meet with staff and discuss our findings. This was really helpful as it gave us the opportunity to feed back and listen to their future plans”.
Winners trophies were awarded to three projects for their outstanding youth work. They were; third place, The Box in Epping, secondly place “We Don’t Do Bored” in Waltham Abbey and first place went to Youth Plus in Ongar who were formally crowned the ultimate winner of the Youth Project of the Year Award 2012. Youth Plus also won the award in 2010!
Five projects received a 5 star ‘Centre of Excellence’ Awards: XL Youth in Buckhurst Hill, Fusion in Loughton, The Box in Epping, We Don’t Do Bored in Waltham Abbey and Youth Plus in Ongar.
Healthworks in Waltham Abbey, Limes Farm Youth Centre in Chigwell, Theydon Youth in Theydon Bois, X Bus in Debden and the mobile Youth Bus each received a 4 Star award.
The Loughton Youth Centre in Loughton, ignite , St Mary’s Church, Loughton, New Images WAY 2000 in Waltham Abbey each received a 3 Star award.
The Space in Loughton won a 2 Star award.
- Youth Plus Youth Project of the Year 2012 Winners receiving their trophy from Chairman, Brian Rolfe
Brenda Rugeley from Youth Plus thanked the Youth Council for the amazing award and for organising a really inspiring evening; “We all really enjoyed meeting everyone tonight and learning about other projects. It has been a re- energising experience! We all so enjoyed the evening when you visited us at Youth Plus and our members had the opportunity to talk to you, show you around, and tell you about our group. Young people with learning disabilities can often feel isolated from other young people and in the community, and cannot easily access the activities that other young people do. Youth Plus was set up 13 years ago to help to address this situation. We now have a membership of 125 young people who have an opportunity to make friends and with the support of parents and volunteers they can arrange to take part in activities that they would normally not be able to do.
Everyone here is welcome to come over to the Ongar Youth Centre to see what we do. We would also love to have you come and do a spot of volunteering for us. We would be pleased to keep in touch and join in with any of the other groups in anything that is going on. We are so thrilled with this award.”
Youth Councillor Jaymey McIvor said “Youth Plus in Ongar is an excellent centre for young people with learning disabilities, they run an extensive programme of activities for their members, they are involved in their local community and develop opportunities for their members to engage and embrace them. They rely on volunteers, so please contact Youth Plus if you are interested in volunteering with this group.”
Youth Councillor Catie Barry went on to explain “Our map promoting all youth projects in the Epping Forest district has been updated for 2012, and this is available from schools, libraries, clubs and Epping Forest District Council Information Points. You can also download a copy of the map by clicking on the image below: