Top award for West London scheme to tackle gang crime

Pathways 2Progress, a West London project providing mentoring and empowerment to West London young people at risk of involvement in serious crime, has won the top award at London National Housing Federation’s (NHF) What Are Proud Of Awards 2011.

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.

P2P has supported more than 600 young people. It has led to a 10% reduction in young people’s unsupervised hours – a key measure in assessing the success of projects to tackle anti-social behaviour. In the areas in which it operates, 68% of residents surveyed said that the scheme has a positive effect on them and their community and 55% of business felt that anti-social behaviour had decreased.

P2P is currently working on ENDZ united, a project to create community mentors and peace ambassadors to tackle the postcode related conflict between a number of areas of West London.

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

“I am so proud that we were voted for by other housing associations and tenants to win this award. It recognises an amazing piece of work that is happening at grass roots level in West London. This award is for the young people, the parents and the community as a whole that has put their trust into Catalyst.

“I will celebrate this with the young people with which we work, my whole team, and our partner local authority teams, youth services and housing organisations that provide valuable support for the scheme.”

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.”

P2P won the award at an event in central London where a panel of independent judges, housing association tenants and other housing associations voted for the overall winner. P2P will now represent London at the NHF’s national awards in the autumn

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

“This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved recognition of some really hard work that’s happening in West London. Youth related crime and anti-social behaviour affects all communities. Projects like this that not only tackle the symptoms but really focus on the causes of disorder. This is what Catalyst means when we talk about building better futures.”

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said:

“This is a well-deserved honour for Catalyst and I am thrilled to see recognition in the housing sector for their outstanding Pathways 2 Progress. Housing associations are here to improve people’s lives and Catalyst has done just this, working creatively with other agencies to give young people hope and purpose.”