P2P Wins Top Award

Pathways 2 Progress, a West London project providing mentoring and empowerment to West London young people at risk of involvement in serious crime, has won a highly commended prize at National Housing Federation’s What We Are Proud Of awards.

The accolade came after P2P won the top prize at the London region awards and was one of only three projects to get the top honours given out by former MP Ann Widdecombe at the NHF national conference in Birmingham.

Catalyst Gateway’s Pathways 2 Progress (P2P) provides tailored support for 12-25 year olds in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster by helping them find new interests, develop their talents and fulfil their potential to steer them away from a life of crime and disorder.

 During the recent troubles in London. P2P went out into the community – to reach out to young people and engage with them.

In the areas in which P2P operates, 68% of residents surveyed said that the scheme has a positive effect on them and their community and 55% of businesses felt that anti-social behaviour had decreased.

The work is supported by Hammersmith and Fulham council’s housing and regeneration department.

Twilight Bey, Youth Engagement Manager for Catalyst Gateway, was thrilled to pick up the award on behalf of the scheme. He said:

“It is an honour to get national recognition for Pathways 2 Progress . I hope the work that we, the young people and their families are doing in West London can act as inspiration to other groups up and d own the country.”

Councillor Andrew Johnson, Cabinet Member for Housing at Hammersmith & Fulham Council said:

“I am well aware of Twilight’s work on several of our estates and congratulate him and his team for achieving this well-deserved recognition. We want all our young people to have the opportunity to realise their potential and succeed in life rather than taking the easy route to a wasted life of crime and few prospects.”

Rod Cahill, chief executive of Catalyst Housing Group, said:

“We want to be a catalyst for change in all the communities where we work – so we are very proud of Pathways 2 Progress. Getting this national honour is a well deserved reward for the hard work Twilight, his team and the young people put in every day.”