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Young people painting Young Disciples
Young people getting their hands dirty

Winning at building bridges

An ambitious project to make over two youth centres in Lozells has won a Building Bridges Award as part of the CSV Make a Difference Day Awards.

A year on from the Lozells disturbances, Afro Caribbean and Asian young people from two local youth centres swapped properties and rejuvenated rooms for the other group to enjoy.

Winning the 'Building Bridges' Award
Winning the 'Building Bridges' Award

With materials donated from local suppliers and the support of over 65 Barclays employees, the day was a huge success.

Changing lives

Over 80 volunteers painted, tiled, cleaned and transformed a garden at two youth centres in Lozells - Young Disciples and the Lozells Recreation Group youth centres - in just one day as part of a CSV Make a Difference Day on Wednesday 25th October 2006.

Award winners

Young people from both groups
Young people from both groups

The success of the project meant the groups won the award for 'Bridge Building' at the national CSV Awards on Thursday 1st February 2007.

Maggie Smith from BBC WM's CSV Action Desk was thrilled with the award: "It's delightful for the young people especially. Young people got together from different backgrounds and cultures and worked together. It's amazing."

Teamwork

Young people from the Lozells Recreation Group spoke at the awards ceremony about the teamwork involved between the two groups:

Young people from LRG
Young people from LRG

"The project highlighted unity between the communities after the troubles and reinforced the idea that young people in the community can and do work together in order to disable the stereotypical views of Lozells.

"The Young People from LRG and Young Disciples visited each others centres with a view to enhancing the building the young people utilise.  These groups of young people worked very hard throughout the whole day and were successful in what they set out to achieve."

Take a look back at what the groups achieved:

last updated: 02/02/07
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