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28 August, 2008

Youth Act group wins funding for innovative community work

AlpArt, a group of young people from Alperton School in Brent, has won funding from the Help Yourself Awards for its innovative approach to tackling local issues.

Youth Act AlpArt bannerAlpArt was set up in 2007 with support from the Citizenship Foundation's Youth Act programme. It seeks to improve provision for Young People who may not want to focus solely on the traditional academic subjects, by providing sessions on creative art.

These sessions open up other areas of education to the participants, provide skills to improve employability, and bring their diverse community together.

This award will be specifically used to fund further AlpArt sessions, and to pay for professional artists to train the young people.

The Help Yourselves Awards, run by Save the Children and British Gas, fund projects that have a positive impact on the circumstances and experiences of children and young people:

  • through the improvement of life chances;
  • that are strongly young-person led;
  • that benefit vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, and for higher-level Awards - those living in communities experiencing severe poverty.

Ade Sofola, Director of Youth Act, said:

"This award ensures that the work of AlpArt is able bring real change to their local community in Wembley, using art to transform the lives of local people. It is fantastic that they have continued to build on the work they did during their Youth Act training in May - we are so pleased about the win!".

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