The achievements of a group of young men from Burngreave were celebrated at Sheffield Town Hall recently.
Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid invited community leaders and participants from the Big Brother Burngreave project to mark their success across the course of the last year in getting more young people active.
The project was born out of Active Burngreave, a Comic Relief funded pilot initiative to help address social issues in Burngreave using physical activity and sport.
Big Brother Burngreave saw four people funded to complete their community sport leaders award, and then lead weekly activities for their peers, with around 40 young men taking part over the course of the last twelve months at Concord Sports Centre. The activities give young men the chance to develop skills, friendships and raise aspirations. Community leaders volunteer their time to mentor young people to ensure they stay involved in positive activities.
Sahal Bare was one of those to complete his community sports leader award, and commented: “We are young people with bright futures. It can sometimes feel as if there are influences on your life which are stopping your lights from shining. We need to work together to make sure we continue to shine in our community.”
Safiya Saeed, Community Development Worker for Active Burngreave, said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the young people involved in the Big Brother Burngreave project.
“Thank you to Mayor Magid for our invitation. It was organised by the youth, promoted by the youth, and celebrated the success of the youth. We supported them to find their voice to ensure they are not pushed back or unrecognised, but feel invincible. It’s great to see young people shining in the town hall.”
Cllr Talib Hussain, who also attended to congratulate the young men, added’ “It is a pleasure to be celebrating the success of young people from Burngreave. This is a fantastic project which is clearly helping young people to become the best they can be.”