Congratulations to award winners Project Future

Date: 24 May 2019

HSJ Award winners  Project Future

A fantastic night for Project Future who won two categories at the prestigious HSJ Value Awards last night (23 May).  

They won in both the Mental Health Services and the Specialist Service Award categories and were also highly commended in the Community Health Service Redesign category. 

Project Future is a Youth-Led and Partnership project that works with a community of young men, aged 16 to 25 yrs, who are often labelled as "socially excluded", "offenders" and "gang members". The project works in partnership with Haringey Council, Mind In Haringey, and NHS England. 

The project is underpinned by evidence based psychological approaches and was originally founded on the Integrate model.  Dr Suchi Bhandari, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Trust Lead for Psychological Therapies who has launched and developed the service with partners, says: 

“We help young people affiliated with gangs to turn their lives around.  In the last four years, we have meaningfully and psychologically worked with nearly 300 young people who have worked hard to engage and make a positive difference in their lives.  I am proud that with a brilliant team and our key partners we make a difference to our young peoples’ lives and that the project received the recognition it so deserves”. 

The project aims to achieve the following objectives: 1) improve emotional well-being, 2) increase engagement with education, employment and training, 3) reduce offending, and 4) increase stability via access to services.  The project is specifically concerned with how health, social and racial inequalities impact on young people’s well-being and increase the risk of getting caught in vicious cycles of offending.  It aims to redress such inequalities by intervening at individual, peer, community, organizational and government policy levels to increase social inclusion and reduce marginalization. 

Future provides a supportive and nurturing environment for young people to thrive in by adopting a strengths based approach where they are not viewed as the ‘problem’ but rather capable and resourceful young men. At Future young people are seen as the experts in their own lives and community and all aspects at Future are co-produced with the young people it serves and they advise practitioners on how best to develop the services to young people needs.

Project Future is unique in the emphasis the project places on integrated partnership delivery and finding joint solutions to improving young people's well-being, and reducing offending and serious youth violence. Project Future has overcome the challenge of sustained local support by creating a team of committed stakeholders that work around the young men including Public Health, Community Safety, Criminal Justice System and Mental Health.  

Through successful partnership working, Project Future has not only succeeded in providing bespoke interventions to meet the needs of young people, but also creating a platform for young peoples’ voices to be genuinely "heard" and represented to decision makers. Creating space for and facilitating this dialogue has resulted in a shift in understanding about what the “problem” is, and importantly what the potential solutions might be.

 

  • Summary:

    A fantastic night for Project Future who won two categories at the prestigious HSJ Value Awards last night (23 May).  

    They won in both the Mental Health Services and the Specialist Service Award categories and were also highly commended in the Community Health Service Redesign category. 

    Project Future is a Youth-Led and Partnership project that works with a community of young men, aged 16 to 25 yrs, who are often labelled as "socially excluded", "offenders" and "gang members". The project works in partnership with Haringey Council, Mind In Haringey, and NHS England.