Young people’s achievements celebrated at conference

    Young People supported by our dedicated Young People’s service had their fantastic achievements recognised and celebrated at the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham on Wednesday 24 October. 

    Young People supported by our dedicated Young People’s service had their fantastic achievements recognised and celebrated at the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham on Wednesday 24 October. 

    Supported by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and its Foundation, One Housing hosted an event to honour young people who have overcome a sometimes-difficult start in life. The packed day consisted of presentations from Unilever and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, who talked about the work they do and the opportunities available to young people, a Q&A session with former Spurs player and Tottenham Hotspur Ambassador, Ledley King and workshops run by Barnado’s and NSPCC, Olly’s Future, and the Roundhouse

    One Housing’s Head of Young People, Ray Austin said: “One Housing’s Young People service offers supported housing and assessment centres for young parents and people at risk.  Along with our support, young people are encouraged to work together, socialise and take part in group activities - this annual conference is a great way to support that. Our experienced staff work closely with each young person to help motivate and develop their aspirations.  I’m really proud of the work the staff do and the achievements of all our young people.” 

    One Housing’s Group Director of Housing Care & Support, Martin d’Mello adds: “Today we’ve celebrated our young people’s achievements and recognised staff that go the extra mile to support our customers so closely to live better and aspire to achieve their goals. A great day and very inspiring to hear from all our partners and Ledley King.”

    Young people especially enjoyed listening to an interesting Q&A session with former Spurs player Ledley King - one of the finest defenders of the modern era who represented the Club for 13 years. He came up through the Club’s youth system to make his Premier League debut in 1999 before retiring in 2012, Ledley said “It was a pleasure attending today’s event, meeting some of the young people and hearing their inspirational stories. It’s great to see so many youngsters from across London be recognised for their achievements and I would like to wish them the best of luck for the future.” 

    Francis Lawrence, a young person supported by the service who won a Special Achievement Award and achieved his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award said, “It‘s been such an inspirational day and I’m happy that One Housing enabled me to tell my story, today has been really positive day for me.”

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