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Network Ryde wins national award for tackling underage drinking

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Network Ryde (Ryde Town Council’s youth service) has won a national award for its work tackling underage drinking as part of the Ryde Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP).

Maiya Dixon of Network Ryde and India Dale, one of the young people involved in the project, received the CAP Innovation Award from Elizabeth Fairhurst, CEO of Northern Ambition Academies Trust and CAP Board member, at the annual CAP celebration at the House of Lords on January 29.

Elizabeth Fairhurst said: “Ryde CAP works closely with local partners including local youth service Network Ryde, which successfully gained funding from the Local Alcohol Action Areas programme for an art project to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol misuse. The young people attended a workshop to learn more about alcohol harm and then worked with local artists to produce embroidery, creative writing, dance and painting. Feedback showed that taking part in the project enhanced their confidence and self-esteem and increased their awareness of the harm that excessive alcohol use can cause. Well done Ryde CAP.”

Ryde Mayor Michael Lilley said: “I am delighted to hear this wonderful news about the award. It is very much well deserved. Ryde Town Council is extremely proud of Network Ryde Youth service’s partnership with Ryde CAP and the pioneering work it is undertaking in Ryde. The CAP project was amazing, and Ryde Town Council has already awarded all those involved in its 2019 Town awards. This national recognition is the icing on the cake and just shows the innovation and creativity of our young people in Ryde. Well done everyone.”