Redthread double win at national public health awards
November 4th, 2021
Youth charity Redthread has won two national awards for its work providing support to young people affected by violence and exploitation in London, Birmingham and Nottingham.
Redthread was chosen from the shortlist as the winners of the 2021 Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) Awards in the Community Health Development Award and Public Health Minister’s Award categories. The first category “celebrates the work of successful place-based initiatives that improve the health of residents and community environments in a way that contributes to long-lasting change”.
The second win for Redthread, the highly coveted Public Health Minister’s Award, was chosen and presented on the night by Maggie Throup MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Vaccines and Public Health. All category winners were eligible to be selected for the prestigious award, developed in partnership by RSPH and the Department of Health, to recognise and reward excellence and innovation in public health programmes.
The Covid-19 pandemic has driven an increase in the number of people who need support from local charities, while also making it harder for charities to deliver services and raise much needed funds. Despite the pandemic, Redthread has continued to give help and support to young people who are affected by trauma.
The charity’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme supports young people who arrive in A&E as a result of stabbings, shootings, sexual violence, exploitation and other forms of violent crime. Redthread heard from clinicians that they often treat the same young person multiple times, and many of the young people tell the charity that they have been exposed to violence throughout their life, at home and in the community. The programme of placing youth workers in major trauma centres and local A&Es works on the principle of the ‘teachable moment’ and aims to disrupt cycles of violence by encouraging young people at a time of crisis to make more positive and healthy choices.
In 2019/20 hospital records showed 97% of the young people supported by the charity did not require hospital treatment for violent injury the following year. Redthread is also addressing the often-forgotten needs of young women affected by serious youth violence, by placing specialist violence against women and girls’ workers in London hospitals to train clinicians in how best to support young women.
The awards’ assessors said:
“A sensitive and timely intervention. Highly regarded by all partners, delivering a response to young people experiencing violence and or exploitation who have presented at 13 emergency hospital sites across Birmingham, Nottingham and London.”