We are delighted to announce that this Thursday we were invited to the finals of the Network Rail National Partnership awards.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Rory Bremner and held at the Hilton in Birmingham. We walked away with a Highly Commended award in the Community Engagement category for our work with young people in Bristol.
This is great news for us, after only 3 years we have been recognised along with some of the biggest companies in the country as delivering excellent content and value for money in our Streetgames project that ran last year in Barton Hill.
In summary the project was funded by Network Rail and Streetgames and focused on two railway stations in the area. Our job was to try to educate local young people to the dangers of playing on or near the railway and in turn to reduce the levels of crime and trespassing on the two sites. We successfully managed to reduce crime in certain areas by 100% and achieved an overall saving for Network Rail of over £40,000, and most importantly, we could have saved a life or two. What we certainly did do was provide opportunities to over 2000 young people to take part in an activity that they would have never tried before, including cycling, football, rugby, basketball, dance and others.
We would like to thank Network Rail for supporting us and of course for giving us this award, we obviously don’t do this job for the awards, but it is great to be recognised for the work we are doing and make sus really proud that we are helping so many young people in the areas that they need it the most.
We hope to start another project soon in Newport, which will have the same aims and objectives, so now with two projects running at the same time, maybe next year we will scoop the top prize?!