A project to encourage people to stop smoking has won a national award.
Organised by City of Lincoln Council’s Neighbourhood Working Team, the ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ project involved young people from Ermine Primary Academy, city council apprentices and four more people not in employment, education or training.
As part of No Smoking Day on 11 March 2015 the group in Ermine West took part in a workshop about the benefits of quitting smoking from a young person’s perspective and, with the help of a graffiti artist, turned their ideas in a community artwork at the rear of Trelawney Methodist Church on Ermine West.
Now the British Heart Foundation, which organises the day, has awarded the project first prize for Best Artistic Idea category in the No Smoking Day Organisers of the Year awards.
Noel Tobin, the city council’s Neighbourhood Manager for Lincoln North, said: “This is really exciting news for all those involved in the project and is recognition of the effort and ideas that they have put in.
“It’s important to educate people from a young age about the dangers of smoking. Quitting isn’t easy but there is a lot of support out there. This is a really interesting and useful project for our local youngsters to be involved with and we’re very proud of what they have achieved.”
The project was funded by the Smoke free Alliance and delivered by the Neighbourhood North Team in partnership with Tic Toc (Teens in charge of Tobacco Control).
Rachel Piggott, from the British Heart Foundation, said: “I’m delighted to inform you that your entry for the NSD Organiser of the Year has been awarded first prize for the Best Artistic Idea Category.
“Although this is not an official category we were so impressed with the artwork that was produced by the young people of Lincoln that we felt this merited a category in its own right.”
The prize included a £50 voucher, which will be used to buy materials for activities around No Smoking Day 2016.