2nd October 2019 15:14pm
On Wednesday 18 September, the House of Lords played host as Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) organised an inaugural event to celebrate the achievements of its staff, partners and participants this year.
The CACT Awards, sponsored by Regular Cleaning, were hosted by Lord Grade CBE of Yarmouth, CACT’s Vice President and a former Chairman of the BBC and Executive Chairman of ITV.
Regular Cleaning’s Gemma Bowers presented youth service (Young Greenwich) partner Greenwich Youth for Christ (GYFC) with the Partner of the Year award. GYFC has worked with Young Greenwich since 2012, and helped increase the youth service’s engagement figures for females from 28% to 52%.
Delighted about this fantastic achievement, Director of Greenwich Youth For Christ Joe Crisp-Hihn said:
“The award ceremony was fantastic; the venue was incredible and the whole thing felt really special. It was great to be reminded of all the fantastic work CACT does across its service, not just with young people. Hearing about all the other projects and winners was really inspiring.”
GYFC have been working closely with local churches to help them set up and run Open Access Youth Cafes and Clubs from their buildings. Through this they are engaging with young people in their communities, providing safe spaces for them to spend evenings in and providing information and support about issues they may face.
The organisation also developed teams of volunteers who are passionate about seeing young people being all they were created to be and achieving things they never thought possible. In addition to the great work, GYFC also run a female project; Move, which engages with young people through deliver yoga, stretching and meditation for groups of girls in local schools as part of either their after school or P.E lessons.
GYFC have also extended their work in schools through their Safe Space lunch clubs, where small groups of girls have been able to discuss in depth topics and issues that affect their lives. The small group settings enable the girls to be heard, to build positive relationships with leaders who can offer support and signposting when needed.
Last year, GYFC also worked with rapper Guvna B. In collaboration, they visited 6 local secondary schools where they spoke to over 4500 young people, sharing with them a positive message about decisions they make, their future aspirations and choosing the right path. After the weeks’ schools tour, students were invited to a gig at Indigo at The O2, where 1100 young people from across London met. Musicians performed and shared inspiring stories of how they had seen their lives turned around.
Reflecting on the partnership with Young Greenwich, Joe also said:
“We were really pleased to be recognised as the partner of the year and want to maintain our high standards moving forward. Being flexible to how the service has grown and changed has been key for us. It hasn't always been straight forward adjusting, but the team at CACT have always been understanding and supportive. We look forward to our continued partnership with CACT and Young Greenwich so we can keep improving young people’s lives in our Borough.”
Young Greenwich congratulates Greenwich Youth for Christ for their great work in the community.