Young people who staged a charity music day in Swindon are celebrating after finding out that they are in the running for a national award.
Residents of Swindon Foyer, a project in Old Town that provides support, training and accommodation for homeless and disadvantaged young people 16 – 25 years; worked with the local community to organise the 12-hour Day and Nite event.
It was held at The Bell Hotel in the town in February last year and featured a range of live bands, dance sessions, poetry and a make-up workshop. It attracted more than 700 visitors and raised £700 for Swindon Young Carers charity.
Now the project has been shortlisted in the Southern Region Supporting People category of the annual Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Awards.
Young people at Swindon Foyer, which is run by Jephson Housing Association and funded by Swindon Borough Council, spent six months planning the event. They developed their various skills by organising the whole project including the budget, venue, bands, DJs, publicity and promotional material.
Foyer Trainer Amanda Sheppard said: “Everyone involved put in a tremendous effort and it really paid off – it was a fantastic day. We are delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award as a result.”
She added: “The chief aim of the project was to inspire young people, and support them to identify and develop their talents. Everyone gained lots of useful skills which they can carry over into their personal and working lives.”
Those involved made a DVD about the project, which was then shown on the big screen in Swindon town centre.
The Southern Region finalists of the TPAS Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on 6 May.