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Diversity award for disabled charity

A Knowle West charity which offers a befriending service for young disabled people has just won a Bristol Diversity Award.

Young and Free based at Filwood Community Centre helps combat loneliness for 16 to 25s with physical and sensory impairments across the city.

The ceremony which took place at the Mercure Hotel in May is to recognise those who have gone above and beyond to celebrate, promote and support Bristol’s diverse communities.

Young and Free Project Co-ordinator Laura Whittle said: “…It was brilliant to be shortlisted on its own but it was an amazing shock and surprise when Young and Free was named as the winner of our category (Disability Organisation).

“It was fantastic for the charity to be recognised for the amazing work it does to support and give opportunities to the disabled young people of Bristol.”

Young and Free was set up in 2005 and now has over 40 members and a team of volunteers – offering a wide range of activities from meals out and discos to bowling and theatre trips.

For information about Young and Free visit