A regional initiative has been recognised and nominated by the BBC in the Make a Difference Awards leaving executives “grateful.”

North Yorkshire Together has been nominated for the BBC Make a Difference Awards in the Together category.

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The Together Award is given to individuals or groups of people who create a real change by breaking down barriers and bring people together.

North Yorkshire Together is a partnership between North Yorkshire Sport, North Yorkshire Youth and Rural Arts that aims to support the county’s residents to be happy and healthy.

David Sharp, chief executive of North Yorkshire Youth, one of the NYT partners, said: “North Yorkshire Together has done what we can to respond to the needs of our communities since the pandemic began, and we’re grateful to the dozens of partners across the county – and funders – who have made this possible.”

The nomination recognises North Yorkshire Together’s work throughout the pandemic, alongside its programmes for young refugees and its free holiday activities for children on benefits.

Max May, director and CEO of Rural Arts, said the work was a “silver lining” of the pandemic.

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He added: “By joining forces, we’ve been able to support more people than ever before – over 30,000 to date!”

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