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02 December 2013

Monday 2 December

London Youth's Build-it project was nominated in the recent Children & Young People Now Awards in the 'Intergenerational' Category in recognition of their work involving young people and older skilled trade mentors working together to the benefit of creating stronger communities.

On a very prestigious awards evening at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham on Wednesday 27 November, Build-it just missed out to Cartefi Conwy Housing Association for the Knitterbugs programme which has seen children from the age of nine to adults up to the age of 72 spending time together in after-school knitting lessons and has enhanced community cohesion and broken down generational boundaries.

While he was disappointed to miss out, Head of Build-it James Alexander was proud that his team's hard work had been recognised.

"Obviously we were gutted to miss out but it was a real honour to be shortlisted for an award so early into the project. The fact that we were shortlisted shows how well Build-it is working and since we were first put forward for the award we have gone from strength to strength.

"This is great recognition not only for my team, who work really hard, but also for our partners, supporter, mentors and young people who all play a massive role in making Build-it a success. 

I'm very excited about the future for Build-it and hopefully next year we can come back and go one better!"

If you'd like to find out more about Build-it, visit their website at http://build-itlambeth.org/ or contact James Alexander, Head of Build-it on 07971 013 228 or james.alexander@londonyouth.org.uk.