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Make A Difference Award win for our CAP members

The Workshop CAP members at the BBC Radio Norfolk Make A Difference Awards with presenter and awards host Kayleigh Poacher and Brian Reeve-Hayes from King's Lynn Academy

Our Community Ambassador Programme members have won the Green category of the BBC Radio Norfolk Make a Difference Awards

The 12 participants, aged 11-16, are all students at King’s Lynn Academy. They won it following their work with the Broads Authority, learning about sustainability and climate change, creating an eco-friendly garden, and staging several fundraising events.

The ambassadors said they couldn’t believe they won. They were happy people were enjoying their garden and using it to relax and imagine like they did when they were young because that’s really important. As is helping the environment.

This is the first time we’ve run the Community Ambassadors Programme (CAP). It was funded by Clarion Futures, HAYN Community Foundation, #iwill fund, and the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport.

Thanks to our helpers from the Broads Authority, Brian Reeve-Hayes from King’s Lynn Academy, Lorraine Roberts, Bee Severin, Chloe Cousins, Alan Fletcher, and lots of other artists and facilitators from the Norfolk community.

Inclusion and Engagement Manager Natalie Songer leads the programme.

She said: “Their passion for their mission to raise awareness of climate crisis and biodiversity was clear. Over the 18 months of working together I’ve seen them blossom in an amazing way. Learning new skills, earning qualifications, making new friendships and creating a lovely community while doing their bit to help the environment. I’m so proud of everything they have achieved.”

Sophie Ludkin, our Arts Engagement Worker, said: “It was such a joy to watch them win their award. To see their surprise and happiness made me so proud. They worked so hard. The whole night was incredible.

“Watching students who joined the group and flourished there having the confidence to walk around the room and introduce themselves to people in the community they didn’t know and tell them all about their project was wonderful to see.

“In my short time with the group I noticed the way in which their confidence increased and was so proud to see their achievements at the Summer Fete they arranged for an end of project event.

“Each member of the group was able to independently speak in public and was responsible for their individual role on the day. It was encouraging to see them manage their anxieties in order to do so. Despite only joining towards the end of the academic year.

“I saw a difference in their demeanor and ability to communicate and create confidently.

“I also joined them on a trip where they celebrated their community contribution from throughout the CAP project and  it was  brilliant to see the pride that they held for themselves and their hard work.

“I can’t wait to watch them grow even more in the coming year. We look forward to doing more with King’s Lynn Academy and platforming youth voices and the projects they’re passionate about.”

Our autumn term of classes have begun but it’s not too late to sign-up. Our friendly front-of-house team is happy to answer any questions. Give them a call on 01553 277919, email info@theworkshop.org.uk or pop into our space in New Conduit Street, King’s Lynn.

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