Women’s project needs votes for chance to win share of £100,000

'GREAT ACHIEVEMENT' ... Bright Futures project development workers, Helen Bowman, left, Nicola Common
'GREAT ACHIEVEMENT' ... Bright Futures project development workers, Helen Bowman, left, Nicola Common

A GROUP which works with young women in South Tyneside is in the running for a share of £100,000.

Bright Futures has been named as a finalist in the Jewson Building Better Communities competition.

The organisation work with young women, aged between 11 and 25, to give them a brighter future by raising their self-esteem and confidence around a range of issues which affect them – including alcohol and substance misuse, sexual health and relationships, homelessness, family relationships, friendships, school, education, training, crime and anti-social behaviour.

It is now calling on local residents to vote for the project online.

Bright Futures development worker Helen Bowman said: “To have been nominated and shortlisted is a great achievement, but it’s important people get behind the project and vote so we can secure the funds to do vital work in the community.

“We hope that from our previous experience it is clear we have a positive track record of engaging young people in restoring a building which can be used for the greater good of the community.”

As part of its Building Better Communities project, Jewson asked communities to nominate a project to win a share of the £100,000, which could be spent on anything from a new roof on the village hall to a much-needed coat of paint for a long-forgotten public space.

David Fenton, marketing director at Jewson, said, “Throughout our 179-year history, we’ve played an active part in the communities in which we operate.

“But with Building Better Communities we’re taking that a step further by giving local people the support they need to make a genuine difference to where they live.”

To vote for Bright Futures, visit the Building Better Communities website HERE and search for Young Peoples Community Hub Renovation.