The Inspire Youth Work in Hospital project has been awarded the prestigious Demonstrating Excellence in Partnership Planning and Delivery at a regional/national level at the recent Youth Work in Wales Excellence Awards.
The awards recognises and celebrates outstanding youth work projects, youth workers and those involved in youth work across Wales.
Inspire supports young people within Wrexham Maelor Hospital and also in the community. It’s a multi-disciplinary team of youth workers and assistant psychologists working holistically alongside each young person to help them achieve their goals.
They support young people aged 11-18 who live in Wrexham or Flintshire who engage in self-harming behaviour or experience thoughts of self-harm or suicide. The team provides one to one support to young people referred into the project, do daily ward visits to young people admitted to children’s ward for any reason, deliver informal education sessions to schools and youth groups around emotional health and wellbeing and also run groups and a closed youth club for young people who have accessed support from inspire.
Inspire is a partnership project between Wrexham’s Youth Service, Flintshire County Council and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
Its aim is to empower and promote the independence and confidence of each young person while increasing positive coping strategies and resilience. It looks to address the reasons why a young person is engaging in self-harm rather than just dealing with the behaviour itself.
Their one to one work consists of voluntary engagement of around 8 individual sessions at venues of the young person’s choice, focusing on what each young person would like to achieve and what they feel would help them at that time.
Cllr Phil Wynn, Lead Member for Education, said, “My congratulations go to the team for receiving this award and the national recognition of excellence that goes with it. The service they offer is invaluable to young people and I know their commitment to helping young people achieve their goals and ambitions is highly valued by users and professionals alike.”
The awards took place at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
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