A POPULAR youth centre in Belper has been nominated for an awards scheme that hands a £10,000 cash prize to the winner.
The town’s MP, Pauline Latham, has put forward The Drop Inn for the award that is offered by the Centre for Social Justice.
She described it as a brilliant local charity that gives a place for young people to meet and engage in positive activities or just call in and socialise with their friends.
The Drop Inn, which is on Derwent Street, has a recording studio, a film-editing suite, a 20ft indoor skate ramp, graffiti wall and a club-style sound system.
It also offers accredited courses and alternative education, such as creative multi-media workshops.
Aims of the centre include improving inter-generational relations, encouraging community cohesion, running police diversion schemes, and disability inclusion projects.
Ms Latham said: “I am pleased I have had the opportunity to nominate The Drop Inn.
“Having visited them on several occasions, I certainly had no hesitation in putting them forward for this prestigious award.
“The £10,000 would mean so much to Andrea Fox and her team at The Drop Inn, so I will do all I can to support and help them get the recognition they deserve at the awards ceremony next July.”
Andrea, who is founder of the Drop Inn, said: “It is a great honour to find that we have been nominated by Pauline for this award.
“It is great for our volunteers to be recognised for all the hard work and dedication they show supporting young people within the community.
“All our work is unpaid, so it is wonderful to know that it is appreciated.
“We are all very proud to be nominated.
“If we should win the award, not only would it bring positive publicity and further support for The Drop Inn, but the prize money would secure the future of the centre for a year and enable us to continue and further expand the valuable work we do.
“Winning would also inspire our volunteers and encourage other young people to take part in our projects and activities.
“But even if we don’t win, just being nominated certainly makes the entire team feel extremely proud!”
The award recognises charities that tackle family breakdown, education failure, worklessness, debt and addiction.
It will be handed out, alongside the £10,000, at an event in London in July.