Nottingham Hospitals Charity funds support for young people affected by violence

The team from Redthread stand outside the emergency department

Nottingham Hospitals Charity has given £100,000 towards vital work with young people, taking place at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

The funding is going towards charity Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme, which supports young people aged 11 to 25 who have been impacted by violence and exploitation.

Redthread’s youth workers can provide a lifeline for children and young adults who have been affected by youth violence, including knife crime.

After a young person’s injuries have been treated by medical staff at the QMC, the youth workers then speak to them and offer a range of support on how to lead safe, happy and healthy lives.

Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We are so pleased to be funding this important programme at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. We hope the Youth Violence Intervention Programme here in Nottingham will make a real difference to the lives of our community’s most vulnerable young people.”

David Bentley, Programme Manager for Redthread in Nottingham, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have received this extra funding needed to continue our services in Nottingham. As a team, we are so proud of the relationships we’ve built here in Nottingham with both our clinical colleagues and the young people we work with. Thank you so much to Nottingham Hospitals Charity for your belief in our service and the young people of Nottingham and the surrounding area.”
Since running the Redthread services at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, teams have supported over 800 young people as they navigate challenges in their lives.
  • 100% of the young people we worked closely with felt as safe or safer than they had before the incident that brought them to hospital
  • 93% of young people’s risk of continuing a lifestyle that exposed them to further harm had been reduced or halted from escalating

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