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SPARK – the service for young people in East Sussex


Inspiring stories of volunteers who are improving the lives of thousands of young people in East Sussex have been celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony.

Spark Awards 2013

Lord-Lieutenant at the Spark Awards 2013

The SPARK Awards 2013, sponsored by Southern Water, took place at the Winter Gardens, Eastbourne. Over 300 guests came to see winners and runners-up in nine award categories receive recognition for their fantastic work with children and young people. Award winners ranged from organisations and volunteers to projects that have made a positive impact on the lives of children and young people in the local community. The Awards Evening was hosted by Journalist and Southern Water’s Beverley Thompson, and SPARK’s Awards Coordinator Holly Baker-Cliff.

Peter Field, Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex and patron of SPARK, said: “It was a fantastic evening and so exciting to hear about the many inspirational projects and the commitment to our young people shown by SPARK’s members. It is good to know that in these difficult times there are many talented young people contributing to their communities in such a creative and positive way.”

SPARK, formerly known as ESCVYS, represents more than 140 voluntary and community youth groups in Lewes, Wealden, Eastbourne, Hastings and Rother, which are working every day to make a difference to the lives of many of the 88,000 children and young people in the county.

Many SPARK members are small, grass-roots organisations run by volunteers in their spare time which provide an invaluable service to their communities. The awards meant a great deal to the adults who freely volunteer their time and to the children and young people who are involved in the projects. The evening awarded achievement in areas including sport; the arts; social media and the environment and nominations came from a range of SPARK members from youth clubs to counselling and support services, including for people with disabilities and complex needs.

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