Prestigious award for Tameside young people’s charity

A CHILDREN and young people’s charity in Ashton-under-Lyne has won a prestigious award for its vital work.

Power2, based on Warrington Street, helps young people to build the skills they need to succeed in education, work and life.

The charity has now received a Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) award, which aims to ensure the voices of those working to tackle poverty around the country are heard by decision-makers in Westminster.

Power2’s CEO said the charity was “incredibly proud” to be recognised.

Julie Randles commented: “We believe that every child and young person deserves the opportunity to thrive, even when things get tougher.

“We know that our trauma-informed asset-based approach makes a huge difference to the lives of the children and young people we support – all of whom are living in poverty, have social, emotional and mental health needs, or are disengaged from school and learning.

“As we continue to respond to the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and the lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic on children and young people, demand for our work is increasing and we’re delighted that the CSJ has recognised the impact we have on the lives of those we work with.”

Centre for Social Justice said it was impressed by Power2’s “focus on early intervention” and “track record for meaningful impact”.

Kawika Solidum, Head of Region (North West) at the CSJ, said: “Every colleague I have introduced to Power2 has been impressed with the strength of the team, the breadth and rigour of its model and its track record for meaningful impact.

“Power2’s focus on early intervention is truly the best way to prevent any cycle of disadvantage from repeating. The charity deserves this recognition and every bit of support that comes to it as a result – more young people should have the opportunity to benefit from Power2’s interventions.”

At the coveted award ceremony, Power2’s work was showcased in a video alongside fellow award winners The Oasis Centre.

Leon, 14, is featured in the video as he was supported through the charity’s Teens and Toddlers programme, which can act as a safe space for boys to show a softer side in a way that they often cannot in other settings.

You can watch Leon’s story in his own words in this video here.

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