We are delighted to have been nominated for a prestigious national award!
We have been nominated for the cycle rail awards 2010 in two categories, the most innovative project and the People award.
This in in recognition of the work we have been doing teaching young people to cycle in Bristol and North Somerset.
We have been doing a lot of outreach youth work during this project, which means we have been going to places where young people gather or meet regularly and deliver fun cycling activities for a few hours. This means we are able to reach a whole group of individuals who would not otherwise be able to try cycling, either because of lack of equipment, an inability to travel to organised sessions, or many other factors which affect young people.
We have been working in and around the railways and tracks to try and educate young people of the dangers of playing on or near the railway, and the effects of this behavior on the network and the people working in the industry. Our partners at Network Rail who part fund the project actually nominated us for the award in recognition of the success of the project in raising awareness and significantly lowering the level of rail crime in the areas we targetted in 2009.
The project will be running again in 2010 and we plan to double the amount of delivery and areas in which we visit.
Fingers crossed that we win the award as it will no doubt lead to more people seeing the project and wanting to get involved in the fantastic work we have been doing.
We would like to thank all of our partners in this project, Network Rail, Streetgames UK, the local Police, Bristol City Council and all the volunteers and youth workers at various projects we visit, who do an amazing job every day of providing crucial activities for young people who really need them. Well done to you all.