Issue 11, January 2018


Positive Placements project scoops top award

YMCA Downslink receive Positive Placements awardCongratulations to our partners at YMCA Downslink who recently won an award at the Children and Young People Now Awards 2017 for their Positive Placements project.

The YMCA DLG topped the Advice and Guidance category at the Children and Young People Now Awards 2017, which are the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families.

The project, which is funded in Mid Sussex by the Council, helps 16 to 25 year-olds deal with a range of issues from neglect and abuse to mental health issues and a reliance on addictive substances.

Young people are matched with mentors from relevant backgrounds who provide them with one-to-one support and help to identify goals and formulate step-by-step action plans.

The mentors help vulnerable young people to build confidence, improve communication skills and get back into education, work or training. In total, 88 young people were referred to Positive Placements in 2016/17 and 54 went on to enter education, employment or training, six continued to work on goals and six were referred to specialist support.

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