Vote for KYM

The Know Your Money (KYM) project in Middlesbrough is in the running for a major national award - and now needs your vote to help secure the top prize.

28 Jun 2016

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects. Six hundred entrants applied for the awards and KYM is on the final shortlist of projects which will battle it out to win the nation’s favourite scheme in the Education category.

The project with the most votes will win the award. As KYM is the only applicant to be shortlisted in the North East, we’re asking people to get behind this great north project by voting for it.

KYM works with young people aged 16 to 24 to improve their financial confidence and help with things like debts, benefits, budgeting and helping them to make the best decisions about their money.

KYM has worked with almost 2,700 young people since it was set up in July 2013. It has helped young people claim over £2,400,000 in benefits they are entitled to. KYM also offers young people support with health issues and employability.

Over 250 young people have been supported through the Youth Health Advocate service, which helps young people with issues such as mental health and fitness. Five hundred young people have also received employability support from KYM.

One person that KYM has helped is Rebecca McGahern, a former tenant of Erimus Housing who worked with KYM to challenge a benefits decision and get general advice about money management. The project helped her to claim the Working Tax Credits she was entitled to.

Rebecca said: “KYM really helped me to get my finances in order. At that time I was really struggling and my benefits claim had been incorrectly turned down. As a result of the support from KYM I was able to get back on my feet. I’ve now got into work and have been able to save up a deposit to buy a house.

“I really hope that people vote for KYM who can continue helping young people in a similar situation to myself.”

The National Lottery Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK. The awards also celebrate the talent, hard work and amazing dedication of the people involved in running the projects.

All entries to the awards were carefully read and assessed and an independent judging panel selected up to 10 projects per award category which have gone through to this final round of public voting.

Voting will run until Wednesday 20 July. To vote for KYM, please visit the Lottery Good Causes website.

For more details about the Know Your Money project.