Youth Moves shortlisted for national award

Images courtesy of Youth Moves

A Knowle West youth organisation is one of only five in the UK to be shortlisted for a national award – for its work during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Youth Moves based at The Park in Daventry Road will find out tonight (3 March) if it has scooped a prize at the first ever UK Youth Inspiring Hope Awards.

It has been nominated in the Inspiring Youth Organisation category – which celebrates “innovative and adaptable organisations across the UK which “continuously support young people and their local communities”. 

The award is looking for an organisation who “in response to COVID-19 helped to support their community and/or who have made a real difference for young people.”

The charity has worked with 769 young people across Knowle West, Hartcliffe and Withywood during the past year.

As well as detached youth work out in the communities and club nights -staff also offer one-to-one support and mentoring.

They also work with local schools Bedminster Down, Merchants Academy and Bridge learning Campus on alternative education support.

During the pandemic, with lockdown restrictions, the organisation moved activities online – running three Zoom clubs a week and attracting hundreds of attendees.

Youth Moves CEO Ali Dale said they were very proud to be shortlisted, particularly “alongside some other amazing organisations.”

He said: “This is testimony to the staff that have worked tirelessly with outstanding commitment and passion for young people and the community during a difficult year for all.

“We haven’t always been the best at shouting about what we do, and quietly go about our work, so to be seen on the national stage, feels strange but is great.

“We see ourselves as an authentic organisation grounded in the communities we serve, with staff that have real relationships, and we will remain so. I guess it’s nice to see this being recognised..”

Head of Youth Delivery at Youth Moves, Denise Clifford said to get to the final five in the current climate was “truly an honour.”

She said: “There are so many organisations across the UK who have worked tirelessly for young people during this pandemic so we are so proud to get through to this stage.   

“Our team have gone so far above and beyond any expectations  and it is the whole of the Youth Moves team who deserve this recognition.”

The UK Youth Inspiring Hope Awards 2021 will take place online on Wednesday 3 March at 6.30pm. For tickets visit: https://www.ukyouth.org/uk-youth-inspiring-hope-awards-2021/

For more information about the organisation visit https://www.youthmoves.org.uk