Blog: Redthread Youth on the impact of winning a Children and Young People Now Award

14 Sep 2017

NYA is supporting Children and Young People Now’s Youth Work Award. In a short series of blogs, previous winners of the award write about how it impacted on them.

John Poyton, CEO at Redthread Youth, discusses winning the award in 2013. John tweets @poyton. 


Redthread is a youth work charity supporting young people aged 11 to 25 to navigate the challenging transition into adulthood. We seek to support young people facing multiple challenges related to violence, lifestyle, gangs and exploitation, mental health and wellbeing. We partner with health colleagues in GP Practices and Emergency Departments across London to deliver trauma-informed, innovative, health-based interventions. Our aim is to empower vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to make positive life choices and lead healthy, safe and happy lives.

In 2013, we were delighted to have won the Children and Young People Now’s Charity Award and Youth Work Award – it was a huge honour to be recognised for our work with young people. In 2013 when we won the award, our team was much smaller. We were delivering our Youth Violence Intervention Programme at King’s College Hospital and were in the early stages of running The Well Centre in Streatham. Over the past few years, charities have been operating in a challenging financial climate and it has been increasingly hard for small organisations to secure funding. Winning awards such as these has been invaluable as we were able to use the awards to showcase our work when meeting funders. Since winning the award, our team has grown to over 30 staff and we now operate in all four of London’s Major Trauma Centres, have grown our team at The Well Centre and partner with two other charities in delivering the London Gang Exit service.

This year has been an exciting time of growth for Redthread. We launched our Young Women’s Service with two specialist young women’s workers joining the team, funded by the Tampon Tax Fund through a partnership between HM Government and Comic Relief. We have also secured funding to employ three part-time mental health youth workers who are embedded, alongside our existing youth work team, in the King’s Emergency Department. They are able to deliver emotional support to young people who attend in mental health crisis.

Thank you to Children and Young People Now and National Youth Agency for recognising our work with young people. To find out more about our services, please visit