Chilypep win Voice and Influence award at VAS Make A Difference Awards

Chilypep young volunteers pose with their award at the ceremony.

Chilypep have been announced the winners of the Voice and Influence award at the VAS Make a Difference Awards.

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 22nd December. The awards organisers, Voluntary Action Sheffield, say the ceremony is to showcase the work of dedicated organisations and individuals in the city who work to improve the lives of others.

The Voice and Influence Award, sponsored by the Business Improvement District (BID), recognises the importance of people’s engagement in local democracy and the vital role people play in giving others a voice to influence the city.

Chilypep Participation Project Worker Ellie Munday said:

“We are thrilled to have won the ‘Voice and Influence Award’, as this represents exactly what Chilypep is all about! The voices and views of young people influence everything that Chilypep does, and this award is a testament to all their amazing, creative ideas and hard work across all of our projects.”

Chilypep have been working with young people across the city to make sure their voices are heard around issues that are important to them.

Chilypep project member Beth Goodwin said:

“What a phenomenal achievement and great recognition for the hard work we do at Chilypep to change services for the better. Our voice and influence as young people really does make a difference and this has been showcased in winning the award. What a brilliant end to the year!”

Chilypep’s Sheffield-based Projects have been campaigning on improving mental health services for young people, healing community divisions and empowering women and girls. 

Chilypep’s purpose is to give young people in Sheffield and Barnsley the platform and the power to realise the potential of their own voices and have influence over decisions that affect them not only at a local level, but also nationally.

Chilypep staff and young people celebrate after their win.

 

 

 

 

Chilypep girls march to Reclaim the Night

Chilypeppers marched in solidarity to Reclaim the Night.

Saturday November 25th marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Chilypep marched with young women and girls through Sheffield as part of the Reclaim the Night Women’s March.

Armed with protest signs and placards made during sessions with Chilypep around women’s and girl’s rights, the girls marched along with supporters and representatives from Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Students Union and the campaign group This Girl Can.

The march was organised in support of the elimination of violence against women and as a call to end street harassment so that all women and girls feel safe walking the streets at night.

Chilypep Project Worker Ellie Munday said: “There was a great atmosphere and sense of solidarity on the march. It was great to give these young women the chance to get involved in what was, for some of them, their first political action.”

Some of the art work created by the Chilypep girls’ group was exhibited in The University of Sheffield Student’s Union to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Artwork by the Chilypep girls’ group was exhibited in The University of Sheffield Students Union.
Chilypep Project Worker Ellie Munday leading a session with the girls’ group to create protest banners for the march.
“Women’s rights are human rights.”

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the 2018 Representation of the People Act in which women in the UK were permitted to vote for the first time. Chilypep will be exhibiting at Weston Park Museum to commemorate the victory for women’s rights and celebrate a proud history of political action.