Highlights of 2016
Just a few of our key highlights from this year:
A massive highlight of this year has been working and delivering in partnership with Young Hackney, to deliver Hackney Choices, a remarkable programme that produced significant impact and transformation. We’re excited to be exploring options for further work in Hackney in the New Year.
We’ve almost completed our final cohort of a successful 3-year partnership with Suffolk County Council. During the 3 years we have met and worked with some fantastic staff, volunteers and young people across the county, particularly in Lowestoft, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. We’re pleased to say that 100% of young people from the first and second year cohorts reported increased aspirations and motivations, and hope to see the same with cohort 3.
Our 2-year partnership with the Benjamin Foundation came to a close at the beginning of December with a brilliant festive celebration put together by the excellent local team of volunteers. One volunteer recently got in touch to say, “It’s amazing to see how much the young people have come on and those actively still engaged all seemed to be grateful and happy to have participated on the programme. I genuinely think it has made a positive change to their lives.”
During 2016 we’ve worked hard to tailor our university programmes to best fit our clients’ needs. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed delivering at Kingston, Nottingham Trent and SOAS Universities this year and look forward to what 2017 may bring with these and new universities.
Our previous work and recent visits to Northern Ireland have been very moving. Neil, Amira and others have been working very closely with Richard Taylor and his team at Hydebank Wood College to create a programme that will continue to embed and continue the transformation there.
James Clements-Smith, CEO of Prevista has become more and more involved with Youth at Risk. We are very grateful for all the support he and his staff have to offer, and are delighted to be developing a strategic partnership and community-style residential with them.
We’ve delivered our professionals workshop to a number of fantastic partners this year including; SAHA, Barnet Council, Family Action, Street League, Prevista, Child UK, Waltham Forest, NEWTEC and Stonewater Housing.
The very talented Anthony Olanipekun has joined our team as our Youth Enrolment Manager. He will be enrolling young people and supporting the relaunch of our residential community programmes. He gave us his views on joining YaR, “I feel very excited about joining Youth at Risk; it’s a great opportunity to work with people who are passionate about transformation too. I’m learning a lot already and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the work.” Anthony is supporting the team to recruit volunteers for two new programmes, see below for more detail.