Beating over 700 entrants and making it to the final of The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards is a dream come true for the Leicester and Leicestershire based YES (Youth Employability Support) Project.
The awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded project and the people. The Awards celebrate projects like YES who are doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding.
Since 2016, the YES Project has helped over 400 NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people aged 15-24 across Leicester and Leicestershire who face barriers such as serious mental health illness, low self-esteem, disabilities, being in care, and language and cultural barriers. The YES Project is a partnership of seven youth organisations and charities, offering one-on-one support, work placements, team building and skills training to young people furthest away from the labour market to enable them to find work or move into further education.
The YES Project is competing against nine other projects in the Best Community and Charity Project category and needs the support and vote of local people to win a £10,000 cash prize, which will be a big boost for the project to help it achieve positive outcomes for young people.
YES Team Manager Abdul Asghar says winning a prestigious National Lottery Award and having their work showcased on national television would be an honour.
“We are delighted to learn that our youth employability and development programme has reached the finals. The project has such a positive impact on the lives of those who take part and it would be great recognition of all the dedication and hard work of our keyworkers and delivery partners to be named Best Community & Charity Project in The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards.”
The YES Project is reaching out to the Leicestershire public to show their support for their local project and vote for them to see them crowned best in their category at a glittering awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC in November.
There’s two easy ways to vote, it’s free, quick and easy:
1. Online by visiting bit.ly/VoteforYESProject
2. On Twitter by tweeting the unique hashtag #NLAYESProject
Public voting closes at midnight on 21 August.
To date the YES Project had helped 461 young people with 134 finding a job and 75 moving into education and due to its successes the project has been extended for a further three years.
The YES project is joint funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund, delivered and managed by Voluntary Action Leicestershire.
To find out more about the YES Project, visit www.yesproject.org