Rochdale Town Hall was home to a jubilant youth service team on Friday, 19 May 2017 as they were 'Outstanding Achievement' winners at the annual Rochdale Diversity Awards.
The sixth annual ceremony was organised by Kashmir Youth Project (KYP) an independent voluntary community organisation which has been operating in the community for over 35 years. It saw the youth service recognised for their Duke of Edinburgh Award work and voted the winner in the Outstanding Achievement category.
The aim of the diversity awards is to promote the excellent work being done by individuals, organisations and employers in the support and promotion of equality, diversity and cohesion within the borough.
The services' award winning Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) project is held at Matthew Moss Youth Centre every Wednesday night. It is open to any young person from the borough of Rochdale regardless of ability or experience. The project is run by the service as part of its wider youth provision in the borough.
Diane Higgins, Rochdale Borough Council's lead youth worker, was delighted with the award and the work the youth service do:
"We see a wide variety of young people come together to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh's Award at the youth centre, all working together in a safe and supportive atmosphere without being defined in boxes, categories or labels. No matter who comes through the doors, as long as they have the will and determination to start a journey, we will try our level best to support and accommodate them."
The youth service team were also nominated for the Cohesion Award due to their hard work in setting up Middleton in Bloom Project.
More information on the council's youth service.