“The Avenues is an exceptional Youth Project, which has earned respect for the work it delivers from the young people it serves, the wider community and the Council. It is located in an area of significant need, with high levels of serious youth violence, and it successfully engages and diverts young people (8 – 18 years) into positive activities. As an organisation it is constantly developing its staff and looking for new and innovative opportunities for their young members and the staff have excellent engagement and outreach skills.
Avenues is now integrated into a wider network of Early Help services, which is knitted together through a trauma informed approach. Avenues always go that ‘extra mile’ to meet the needs of young people whilst also ensuring that they have robust plans in place to report back on progress. As an organisation they have much to share in spreading good practice.”
Jayne Vertkin, Head of Early Help and Youth Offending, Family Services, City of Westminster
“I am one of the Dedicated Ward Officers for Queen’s Park Ward. I have worked closely with The Avenues Youth Project for over ten years and have seen the great work they put in to divert young people from crime and gang membership.
The Youth Centre is situated on the border of two gang territories and people can be targeted simply for being from one area, or being friends or related to someone.
The Avenues offers a safe area for Young People to better themselves and creates opportunities where there would be very little others.”
PC Dave Hammond, Metropolitan Police
“Thank you so much for taking the time to show us around The Avenues and talk to us – it was so brilliant and everybody left really buzzing about how good it was!
We all came away feeling inspired and so pleased we were able to visit such an incredible organisation delivering amazing support.”
Daisy Ryan, Regional Officer, BBC Children in Need