Chilypep Shortlisted for two national awards and wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Chilypep has been shortlisted for two prestigious Children and Young People Now Awards 2016.

Having worked with vulnerable and excluded groups of young people in Sheffield and South Yorkshire for fifteen years, Chilypep has been shortlisted for the Young Carers Award and the Health and Wellbeing Award at the national Children and Young People Now Awards 2016.

The awards ceremony will be held in London on 24th November 2016 where the winners will be announced.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the charity has also been granted £48,400 for an exciting pro- ject, Secret Sanctuaries in Sheffield. In partnership with the Wildlife Trust and led by young vol- unteers from the local community, the project aims to create safe, mindful and therapeutic green areas around the city to be used by all residents.

Commenting on the award, Lead Project Worker Keely Hardy said: “We’re really looking forward to working on this outstanding project, giving children and young people in the north of Sheffield the

opportunity to explore, develop and embrace the wonderful spaces of the north of Sheffield. Discovering the secret sanctuaries that we will find along the way will be an exciting opportunity for the residents and young people of Sheffield.”CYPN awards logo2014 Finalistenglish_compact_pantoneChris Smith, Senior Outdoor Learning Officer at the Wildlife Trust commented on the new project with Chilypep: ““Here at Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust we know that spending time in nature is a great way to improve your mental wellbeing, whether it’s bird watching, walking or just taking in the amazing views around our beautiful green city. We’re delighted to be working with Chilypep and the Secret Sanctuaries project will enable us to engage with more young people and get them out exploring their local wild places, reaping the rewards that nature has to offer and in turn sharing those experiences to help others”

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “There’s a common misconception that young people aren’t interested in natural heritage, but in our experience, they are incredibly passionate and enthusiastic. We want young people to explore the heritage that matters to them, and share it with everyone.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund are running a campaign, Yorkshire’s Back Garden highlighting aware- ness of Yorkshire and the Humber’s beautiful landscapes and wildlife – and helping local people to connect with them.

HLF want to encourage applications for funding from all champions of natural heritage, particu- larly small, local and community groups with projects that help raise awareness of the wildlife and nature to be found close to home. To keep up to date with the campaign on Twitter, follow @ HLFYandH and look out for #HLFnature.

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