Positive Futures shortlisted for Suffolk Youth Organisation of the Year

The youth crime prevention service was also awarded a grant from the High Sheriff.

06 May 2014

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Service Manager Paul Knight collecting the certificate of commendation

Suffolk Positive Futures was shortlisted for Suffolk Youth Organisation of the Year at the High Sheriff’s Awards, which were organised by the Suffolk Community Foundation and held on University Campus Suffolk at the beginning of this month. The ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin.

The awards aim to showcase and recognise Suffolk’s unsung heroes from the local voluntary sector who inspire others to make Suffolk a better and safer county.

‘Suffolk Positive Futures is invaluable and absolutely key to my Police and Crime Plan for Suffolk’
Suffolk PCC Tim Passmore

In December 2013, High Sheriff of Suffolk, Sir Edward Greenwell asked for nominations, saying:

‘The county’s volunteers are unsung heroes that deserve recognition. Please help us to identify these groups and individuals whose unselfish efforts make such a difference and deserve our acknowledgement, as much of the work often goes on unnoticed and without recognition.’

Suffolk Positive Futures Project Manager, Paul Knight said:

‘We are very pleased to be nominated and shortlisted for this award. Being acknowledged in this way gives the project team a real boost to know the work are doing in the community with young people is making a difference to their lives. We would like to thank Ipswich Borough Council for nominating us.’

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore said:

‘Suffolk Positive Futures works with vulnerable young people to help divert them away from the criminal justice system; it is invaluable and absolutely key to my Police and Crime Plan for Suffolk. The project offers young people a positive alternative to crime and violence, giving them positive role models and an opportunity to gain qualifications. It is a chance to set them on the right path to be good citizens and make a positive contribution to Suffolk. I have spent some time seeing first-hand the work of the project and am very impressed with the leaders and the work they are doing.’

Mike Chaplin collecting the checkAt the ceremony, the team was presented with a cheque for £800 from the High Sheriff, which will go towards delivering an evening sports project in Beccles, Suffolk.

Catch22’s Suffolk Positive Futures, which continues the work of now-disbanded national programme Positive Futures, is supported by PCC Tim Passmore and works with over 1,000 young people a year. 10 to 19-year-olds are supported to avoid pathways into crime, drug and alchol misuse and encouraged to move forward to a positive future life. Sports, physical activities, arts and education are all used to engage young people and help them to develop the skills and confidence to reach their goals and progress to the best education, employment and training opportunities.

The teamSuffolk Positive Futures projects use sport, physical activities, arts and education to engage young people. Young people develop the skills and confidence to reach their goals and achieve through education, employment and training opportunities.

To find out more about Suffolk Positive Futures contact Paul Knight on or 07717 290545 or 01473 264971.

Read more about our work to prevent or stop young people from offending.