Big Brother Burngreave, a community scheme which aims to keep young people active and off the streets, recently appeared on Look North after winning a Power of Sport award.

Safiya Saeed from the Reach Up Youth Group developed Big Brother Burngreave as a way to empower young men within the community and help them learn new skills and meet new people from different backgrounds.

Over the last year, around 60 young men have taken part in the sessions, which are held at the Verdon Recreation Centre. Community leaders volunteer their time to mentor young people to ensure they are involved in something positive.

One of the leaders, Sahal Bare, said: “We are young people with bright futures. It can sometimes feel as if there are influences on your life which are stopping your lights from shining. We need to work together to make sure we continue to shine in our community.”

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