A Manchester based youth work project which has been operating in Moss side since 1965 has won this year’s Youth Work Award at the Children & Young People Now Awards, supported by the National Youth Agency.
Hideaway Youth Project is working with 900 12-25 year olds, tackling issues such as gang culture and sexual exploitation whilst helping to boost cohesion. The project runs separate groups for young men and women which address gender roles and relationships, as well as an open access youth club, sessions on a range of issues including numeracy, literacy and a homework club for young people who may not have access to the internet.
Many young users have gone on to volunteer with the scheme – and the majority of paid staff were once young people who benefited from support.
Giving the award, Fiona Blacke, CEO of the National Youth Agency said, “This project illustrates the very best of youth work – engaging young people in positive activities which help them develop their potential, raise their aspirations whilst diverting them away from gangs and other risky behaviour. I am delighted to be making this award to such worthy winners.”