Best of Brum Awards Review

A team of five young people from Bordesley Green Girls’ school claimed the prestigious title of ‘Truth about Youth Team of the Year’ for their work to prevent domestic violence in Birmingham.

‘Break the Silence’, a group of 17 and 18 year old A-level students, visited The House of Lords to lobby MPs including Labour leader Ed Milliband, gave interviews on radio station Unity FM and delivered interactive presentations to younger pupils around the serious issue of domestic violence in the UK.

Their campaign was one of 88 other social action projects across the city, set up by young people to improve local communities.The teams received their award at Envisions Best of Brum end of year award ceremony, which welcomed over 450 young people and adults to Edgbaston Cricket Ground to celebrate the positive contributions of over 700 young people who've been involved in Envision youth-led social action this year.

The ceremony also marked the end of the fourth year of Truth about Youth, The Co-operative Foundation’s national programme being run in Birmingham by Envision. The programme aims to challenge the negative stereotypes of young people by linking them up with adults, the media and the wider community.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground was packed with young people and adults who heard about other Envision team projects on issues including inter-generational relationships, body image, conservation and homelessness. Accompanied by poetry from former Birmingham Young Poet Laureate Matt Windle and music from local soul band Tempting Rosie the evening showcased the very best of young people in Brum.

“It’s been an amazing year. We could never have hoped our project would be so successful, but we worked hard and stayed dedicated and are now so happy to be crowned winners”

Abida, Break the Silence team member.

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