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Prestigious Award Recognition for NYAS Cymru Unity Project

2nd Sep 2019

A pioneering NYAS Cymru project aimed at supporting young care experienced mothers, promoting gender equality and encouraging healthy relationships has been shortlisted for the prestigious Children & Young People Now Awards.

The awards, which recognise innovation and excellence, have become the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families. They are designed to offer an inspirational showcase of learning and best practice from across the country and highlight the achievements of teams and individuals from the public, private and voluntary sector.

NYAS Cymru’s Unity Project has reached the final stages of the Children In Care Award category. The category gives recognition to local authorities or care providers that have done the most to improve outcomes for care experienced children or young people, whether in residential care, foster care or other types of placement.

The multi-faceted Unity Project, which is funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund, comprises a number of elements, all intended to improve the lives of young people in Wales. The first part of the project delivers holistic, intensive advocacy support to care experienced young women and care experienced expectant young mothers aimed at helping them to reduce the risk of their own children going into care.

The project has also involved the launch of a first-of-its-kind youth gender equality conference, led by young people in Wales for young people in Wales and aimed at breaking down gender equality barriers, along with an education programme that provides workshops on gender equality and healthy relationships to schools, youth centres and residential care establishments across Wales.

Commenting on the Unity Project being shortlisted for the Children & Young People Now Awards, NYAS Cymru National Executive Director, Sharon Lovell said, “We are honoured to have been shortlisted for these highly regarded awards, and to receive recognition as one of the leading providers of services for children and young people in the UK today. The success of the Unity Project relies on the involvement and input of the young women it is designed to support, and we’d like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to each and every one of them. At NYAS Cymru, we’re now in the process of planning our second Unity Conference, which is really exciting and will enable the Unity Project to have an even greater impact.”

The Children & Young People Awards final will take place in London on Thursday 28th November 2019.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the Unity Project and the second Unity Conference should contact Sharon Lovell at sharon.lovell@nyas.net or on Ffôn/Tel: 02920098688.

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