Meet the finalists: Prevention & Inclusion – sponsored by Scottish Police Federation

It’s all about having space, space to reflect, space to be yourself, without judgement, with folk you can trust.

This award puts the focus on prevention and effective intervention. Those up for this category have a holistic youth work approach that safeguards young people and prevents offending. They are building positive relationships and supporting them to consider risk and take control of their situation, leaving young people with a more positive outlook on their lives. 

This award is kindly sponsored by the Scottish Police Federation:

“The SPF is delighted to be sponsoring this award. The finalists are a credit to themselves and their wider communities. Their commitment and dedication to each of these projects has delivered simply astonishing results. There can be little doubt that their combined efforts have already dramatically improved the life chances of hundreds of young people in their communities.”

Without further ado, here are the finalists:

Jeannie Gray, Moore House Care and Education, West Lothian 

For young people who experience stressful or traumatic events during childhood, the world around them can feel terrifying and lonely.

Moore House Care and Education offers a nurturing and therapeutic care approach to develop safe, trusting and loving relationships essential in promoting the wellbeing of young people. Jeannie Gray works with young people in residential care who are living through their adverse childhood experiences, those who are isolated from family and community. She utilises youth work as a highly successful early intervention approach offering wider achievement opportunities such as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Dynamic Youth Awards and Dare to Lead.

Her colleague Mhairi MacRaild knows the life changing impact that Jeannie has:

“Her drive, creativity and determination enables our young people to have experiences others may take for granted, creating memories that will stay with them throughout their lives.“   

The Street, Regenfx Youth Trust, South Lanarkshire

One of a kind, there is only one Street, and many have found a brighter future by taking a walk down it. Regenfx delivers a unique Youth Diversion Programme in areas of significant deprivation. The Street uses a blend of youth work and immersive theatre to tackle issues in gritty reality. The performance is developed and delivered by young people, who have been involved in or are the victims of offending or risk-taking behaviour. The young people referred to the project each carry out more than 500 voluntary hours over the year, including two live performances every week for six months, in a freezing cold warehouse, now that is dedication! This fresh approach with an emphasis on youth participation and peer mentoring has produced some impressive results. 70% increased school attendance and over the last nine years, 84% of participants have secured employment and further training.

Modo - Circus with Purpose, Aberdeenshire 

A 46% drop in anti-social behaviour, that’s the impact of Modo. And they are indeed circus with purpose, using circus skills to help young people improve life skills, confidence and self-esteem while celebrating the culture and community of their local area. In the last year over 600 local youngsters have used the drop-in café every week, where they have the opportunity to play sport, get involved with a variety of creative or wellbeing sessions and speak one-to-one with youth workers about issues they are facing in life.

The project has overwhelming support from Police Scotland and the local community. It has brought together young people from all backgrounds and cultures in the area, a space that belongs to them, free of judgement but rich in opportunity and ultimately hope of a more positive path.

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If you've not booked your ticket for the National Youth Work Awards and want to join these awesome finalists as well as many others, head over to our National Youth Work Awards pagewhere you can book your ticket and meet all of the other fabulous finalists.

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