Working with Young People – group or individual award
Nominees for this award could include anyone who has gone the extra mile to inspire a young person or group to improve their own circumstances. It could also be for someone who has worked with a specific group or individual and helped them achieve a specific goal such as a qualification or an award.
The Addy in Knottingley has developed into so much more than just a playground. The team of staff and volunteers provide daily play sessions for children of all ages but also services for older residents such as the Wild Tots & Friends intergenerational sessions and sessions for children with additional needs. During lockdown they distributed hundreds of play packs each week to children living on the Warwick Estate in Knottingley to help keep them entertained and help reduce financial strain on parents during these difficult times. With lockdown easing, the team at The Addy has transformed the playground in order for it to reopen and continue to provide a safe space for children in Knottingley to come and play, keeping them off the streets and helping to reduce antisocial behaviour.
Inspiring Community was set up in 2011 and works with young people and communities in West Yorkshire, with projects running in Wakefield and Calderdale. The group has done some especially terrific work in Portobello, organising events and activities throughout the year that are always well attended by young people from the estate. They have worked on the estate for a number of years now and built up an excellent relationship with the community and in particular built up a strong rapport with many of the young people. They have worked with WDH in organising litter picks and coordinated meetings with VOICE which is a young persons’ group which has provided feedback to WDH on issues surrounding antisocial behaviour and our tenants’ handbook.
The Young People’s Empowerment project (YPEP) has worked hard to get funding and provide activity packs for families in Castleford and Airedale during lockdown and continues to provide over 450 activity packs each week. The activity packs have made a positive impact on local families during lock down, especially those who were struggling financially or with their mental health and wellbeing. As well as the activity packs, Saney, who runs the project, is working with a company to provide weekly sports activities at The Hut for young people. YPEP was already running a weekly youth club and working with local schools prior to lock down and this year and has shown how resourceful and committed the group is to the local community during the pandemic. They have taken a holistic approach, by encouraging young people to spend time together to grow and develop new friendships while helping each other and the wider community. This helps to improve their self esteem and reduce antisocial behaviour in the local area which could have been an issue during the pandemic without the support of the Young People’s Empowerment Project.
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