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We’ve Launched New Services!

June 10th, 2022

We’re excited to tell you that we have launched new services! Learning from our Youth Violence Intervention Programme and our KAOS service we have found new ways to reach young people who are often missed by other services and who would benefit from one-tone support to help them live healthy, safe and happy lives. 

Take a look at what Tobi, Ben and Hannah have to say about their new roles at Redthread.

60 Seconds with Tobi

Tell us a little bit about yourself and the new service.

“Hello, Tobi here! As of April 2022 I joined the Diabetes team as Redthread’s Senior Youth Worker at Queen Elizabeth, Woolwich. In my role I provide one-to-one support to young people aged 11-19 who have a diabetes diagnosis. I help them to better manage their illness, to build resilience and self-confidence, and to help them access additional support to improve their overall wellbeing.”

How does the service ensure you meet young people who might otherwise have been missed?

“Sometimes a young person will be really honest and tell me what’s really going on and other times I just have a ‘hunch’ that there’s more to the story. The flexibility of the service means I’m only a call away so I can meet young people whenever they need me, whether that’s after their appointment or during crisis admission.”

What do you find special about your role?

“I love that young people get to decide how our sessions go and I get to relate to them beyond their illness. It’s a wonderful way to support a young person.”

60 Seconds with Ben

Tell us a little bit about yourself and the new service.

“Hello! My name is Ben. I’ve been at Redthread for two and a half years and have worked at Homerton University Hospital in Hackney and at St George’s Hospital in Wandsworth. I have now gone back to Hackney and taken on the new Violence Reduction Social Prescribing Service in a GP surgery. It’s an exciting new project and there are only two other programmes like it in the country!”

How does the service ensure you meet young people who might otherwise have been missed?

“The service provides early interventions to young people who are at risk of harm. A young person may attend their GP for all sorts of reasons and we encourage GPs to adopt a ‘contextual safeguarding’ approach and assess whether there are safety risks for a young person at home or in their community.”

What do you find special about your role?

“Having the time to really get to know a young person is so special! I also love getting to know the amazing community services and centres which are filled with so many inspirational practitioners and volunteers.”

60 Seconds with Hannah

Tell us a little bit about yourself and the new service.

“Hi there! My name is Hannah and I’ve worked at Redthread for two years in a whole range of roles. I begun as a Programme Coordinator at a local hospital and now I am Redthread’s Winter Pressures Youth Worker at a major trauma centre. I support young people predominantly aged 11-18 in the paediatric emergency department who are suffering with low level mental health and worries around their emotional wellbeing. If a nurse is concerned for a young person they will ask me for my perspective as I am a friendly face.”

How does the service ensure you meet young people who might otherwise have been missed?

“Some of the young people I work with don’t meet the threshold for specialised CAMHS support and so they really benefit from my support. I help them navigate the services available to them in their community, which can be anything from mental health support to being involved in education. My role is to make sure they leave hospital with fantastic support in place.”

What do you find special about your role? 

“For me, the most rewarding moments are when young people get to a point of advocating for themselves. It is amazing hearing young people express their needs to me when initially they never would have thought about being honest about their struggles.”

 

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