Teens and Toddlers have been awarded a Guardian Charity Award!
We attended the ceremony this week, where one of our graduates picked up the award on our behalf. This is one of many exciting things happening for us at the moment, and we are so happy that our good work is getting this level of recognition. You can see more about the awards and the video they made for us on The Guardian website.
We're delighted that Nick Hurd MP mentioned Teens and Toddlers in his keynote speech at the Children and Young People Now awards dinner last night.
This is what he said:
“I was hugely impressed sitting in Manchester in a classroom with a group of young teenage girls who’d been identified at risk of disengaging from the education system and at being at risk of teenage pregnancy and they were talking with huge enthusiasm about what they got out of a programme called ‘Teens and Toddlers’ where they were matched up with… toddlers from the local primary school and they talked about it with huge enthusiasm. And then I looked at the outcomes and they were fantastic and this intervention had only been made possible because of
financing from a social impact bond, this new movement of social investment which I need to work on in government and which we will lead the world on, and which I’m very proud of… you know, the power (of) that intervention, powerful and unusual and counter-intuitive is really, really strong.”
Last Wednesday we hosted our annual supporter event at Madame Tussauds. We loved having the opportunity to meet our supporters in person and to showcase the work we do. This year our Youth Led Consultancy Board (YLCB) members created a video showing their journey with Teens and Toddlers. We are so proud of them and the paths they are on to reach their potential, and we think the video demonstrates why.
Last week we were privileged to have HRH The Duke of York visit one of our projects in Westminster. Prince Andrew spent time talking to staff and teenagers about how Teens and Toddlers works and what they have learnt so far. Our teenagers were amazing ambassadors of the projects and we are very proud of how they conducted themselves infront of him.
The duke said: "I'm hugely impressed with the programme and how far these young people have come in such a short space of time"
Please have a look at some of the press coverage we have recieved around the project. This has been an incredible opportunity for the charity.
A post by our CEO, Lady Diana Whitmore, about our learnings during the first year of the Payment by Results partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions.