The National Youth Agency is delighted and proud to sponsor the CYPN Youth Work Award.
Winner: New Horizon Youth Centre – The Youth Work Programme
New Horizon Youth Centre has worked with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people for nearly 50 years – and its inspirational youth work programme is at the very heart of its approach.
The centre’s young clients come from all over London – and the world – and include survivors of abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, war and those with acute mental health and substance misuse issues. Open seven days a week, the centre provides a haven for 16-to 25-year-olds including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Up to 60 young people a day are supported by a team made up of youth workers with specialist remits such as violence against women, sport and fitness, life skills and education and training, as well as a counsellor and a nurse. Their approach balances targeted and universal elements of youth work and is constantly informed by what young people say they need.
As a result of a major rebuild in 2008, the team operates from a base designed to promote comfort, security and a sense of home. Investment in training and professional development enables staff to develop their skills in areas such as gangs and female genital mutilation.
In 2015/16 the centre, which has built up strong partnerships with other organisations in the voluntary, statutory and independent sectors, helped more than 1,000 young people in total. In total 511 received health checks and nearly 550 reported improved health and wellbeing.
Meanwhile, 232 accessed the centre’s counselling service and 146 marginalised young people secured suitable accommodation. While 955 young people took part in positive activities and achieved accreditation through their involvement with the programme, 476 gained employment, training or volunteering opportunities.
NYA offers huge congratulations to the New Horizon Youth Centre. The centre provides a host of important services for vulnerable and homeless young people, a holistic one-stop-shop, caring for their well-being, meeting their needs. A worthy winner!