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Local youth project Just Ask Nottingham was presented with a Philip Lawrence Award at a special event, organised by crime reduction charity, Nacro, at The Council House in Nottingham last night. They were joined by Mrs Frances Lawrence MBE and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Cllr Michael Wildgust.

Launched in May 2010, Just Ask Nottingham is a peer-led information service run “For Young People By Young People”, delivering work clubs for unemployed young people, and providing support and advice on any issue affecting the lives of young people. The project has a website that offers practical peer led advice, and has over 56 young peer mentors and cyber mentors, who actively support young people.

Following from a consultation with young people in Nottingham, Just Ask are delivering an employment campaign to get young people into work – this has included a peer led young people careers event, work clubs and a peer-led commissioning process that has given funding to organisations across Nottingham for apprenticeships, one to one support and CV writing workshops for young people.

Just Ask Nottingham Secretary and Treasurer, Liam Briggs, said:

“We have worked so hard over the last three years and are ecstatic to win this award. We hope that the project has made a real imprint on Nottingham and its young people. It’s a real honour to say that I am a part of such an amazing project.

“On behalf of all those involved in the project, I would like to thank everyone who has supported us from the beginning – all doing their bit to make this project grow and grow.”

Mrs Frances Lawrence MBE, said:

“Just Ask Nottingham shows that young people have the creativity, passion and drive to help others and make a real difference in their communities.”

The Philip Lawrence Awards, managed by the crime reduction charity, Nacro and supported by the Home Office, celebrate the positive contribution groups of young people make in their communities to counter crime, violence, bullying and racism, and challenge negative stereotypes.

Photograph by Toby Neal