Redthread is bridging the gap between youth work, health and education
I had the pleasure of meeting John Poyton, the CEO of Redthread, along with a couple of his inspirational staff. I am thrilled that such an amazing project has managed to integrate itself into a place where it can intercept and help young people.
The four major trauma centres are:
Kings College Hospital (where the concept was born)
The Royal London Hospital
St Mary's Hospital
St George's Hospital
Redthreads Youth Violence Intervention Programme (YVIP) runs in London’s four Major Trauma Centre hospitals. There, their innovative service aims to reduce serious youth violence across the capital, and has revolutionised the support available to young victims of violence.
This is what Redthread says it is about:
Our Youth Violence Intervention Programme (YVIP) runs in London’s four Major Trauma Centre hospitals. There, our innovative service aims to reduce serious youth violence across the capital, and has revolutionised the support available to young victims of violence.
Every year thousands of young people aged 11 – 25 come through London’s hospital doors as victims of assault and exploitation. It is then, at this time of crisis, that our youth workers utilise their unique position embedded in the A&E departments alongside clinical staff, to engage these young victims.
Our extensive experience tells us that this moment of vulnerability, the ‘Teachable Moment’, when young people are out of their comfort zone, alienated from their peers, and often coming to terms with the effects of injury, is a time of change. In this moment many are more able than ever to question what behaviour and choices have led them to this hospital bed and, with specialist youth worker support, pursue change they haven’t felt able to before.
We focus on this moment and encourage and support young people in making healthy choices and positive plans to disrupt the cruel cycle of violence that can too easily lead to re-attendance, re-injury, and devastated communities.
Please have a look at their website as they offer so much support in so many ways and help rebuild broken communities for a better future.