Recognition for creative work

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‘INNOVATIVE’ projects involving young people have won Rotherham and Derbyshire councils national recognition.

The authorities are among six chosen for support from business support organisation NESTA and the Local Government Association.

Both will receive £150,000, as well as support such as legal advice and support with community engagement.

Martin Kimber, Rotherham Council chief executive, said the town was ‘one of the most innovative’ in the country.

Rotherham was chosen because of its ‘Rotherham Ready’ social enterprise that works with teachers to encourage an enterprise-based curriculum, ensuring young people have skills relevant for the future.

Recognition was given to Derbyshire for its ‘Uni-fi’ support scheme aimed at ‘developing aspiration’ among young people in care.