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28 April 2011
Aragon youth leader up for award
Aragon Housing Association’s youth worker has been short listed for a prestigious award for her pioneering work with young people in the area.
Nicola King, Aragon’s Youth and Community Participation Worker, has been picked out from hundreds of entries to the What We Are Proud Of Awards, run by the National Housing Federation.
She was singled out in the category of Outstanding Individual for her work with the Girlzone Project which provides activities and education for young girls between the ages of 13 to 19.
Aragon’s Managing Director Aileen Evans said: “Nicola has achieved outstanding results in her work with young people in our communities and the Girlzone project is just one of the many schemes she leads which focus on the needs of young people in our communities. I am delighted her work has been recognised in this field. “
Nicola added: “I was surprised and delighted to be chosen. I feel passionately about my work with young people in the local area which I have been building up for the last five years.”
The Girlzone Project gives young women the chance to take part in activities that are of interest to them, such as hair styling, spray tanning, nail art and fitness. More importantly however, it provides a safe, confidential space for young women to discuss issues that affect them, such as sexual health, self esteem, relationships and fitness.
Specific sessions and activities are run on many different topics, and they allow the young women to discuss these in a confidential, all-female environment. These events take place in fairly rural areas, where access to facilities is limited for young people.
Nicola will join other East of England finalists at a ceremony on June 30 in Newmarket, Suffolk, and winners of this regional event will then go on to the national awards.