Redthread won the “Children & Young People’s Charity Award” awarded to the charity that had made the biggest contribution, at a local or national level, in improving the life chances of children, young people or families. Children & Young People Now said the charity stood out “for it’s innovative partnership work with healthcare providers, taking youth work to places it has never been before”.
The award recognises Redthread’s achievements, working in partnership to set-up projects such as The Well Centre, the King’s Youth Violence Project, The Paxton Green Young People's Clinic and Youth Counselling Service as well as the The GP Champs pilot in Lewisham with Queens Road Partnership. John Poyton, the Director of Redthread says, “it has always amazed us that other’s aren’t already doing youth work in these locations. It’s not rocket science, but it’s extremely effective and natural for youth work to engage with young people when they are in crisis or looking for help and go to hospital or their GP”.
The King’s Youth Violence Project was also singled out for recognition, winning the “Youth Work Award”, for the initiative that has done the most to promote young people’s personal development and help them achieve their potential through informal education and participation in positive activities. The highly innovative project has placed youth workers into an A&E department to reach out to victims of gun and knife crime, helping them to break from violence.
The Kings Youth Violence project was also Highly Commended in the “Partnership Working” category. More information about Redthread Youth Limited and their work is available on their website www.redthread.org.uk