In Recognition of Initiative

Bardsley Youth Project, a member of the StreetSpace Community of Practice, has just won an award! Please join us in congratulating them on this great news. Through their ongoing work with vulnerable young people in Coventry city centre, the team of Bardsley Youth Project noticed a significant increase in numbers of those struggling with homelessness – around 1 in 10 of those they met.

They wanted to do more to help and in the most effective way possible. A grant from Coventry Diocese (via Urban Hope Coventry) enabled them to investigate the scale of the problem, the existing provision and the reasons why the statutory system is going wrong for many young people. The project then decided on a course of action – which led to their award. Bardsley Youth Project has won the Silver Award from the Christian Initiative Trust. Now in their 4th year, the CIT Awards aim to encourage active community groups and individuals who have new and positive social impact ideas.

Award winners receive a substantial monetary prize to enable them to bring their idea to life. The Silver Award is worth £20,000! Project Administrator, Pat Clarke, spoke about
the team’s reaction:

“We want to be THE place in Coventry that young people know they can always come to – to get help and have someone to stand with them as they navigate the complex statutory system. Somewhere, as well, to get practical help with moving on. Setting up a Youth Homelessness Hub at our project will do this. This award has kick started our dreams and provided the encouragement and impetus needed. It gives us credibility as ‘new kids on the block’ and we are already working with existing providers to find the right staff to get this up and running.”

We are delighted to hear that Bardsley Youth Project’s vision for a better world has received both recognition and the financial support needed to make it a reality. Congratulations, team!

To find out more about Bardsley Youth Project, visit www.bardsleyyouth.org