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Peabody – Investing in people winner

Congratulations to Peabody for winning the Investing in people award with its Young People and Leaders Programme.

The winning project

The Peabody Young Leaders and Ambassadors Programme gives young people the opportunity to grow personally and professionally by delivering projects within their local communities.

Peabody created the Young Leaders and Ambassadors Programme to focus on neighbourhoods with high levels of unemployment, teenage pregnancy rates, youth crime, young people in care and other indicators of deprivation.

Peabody Young Leaders are supported by the programme through planning and funding to run their own social action projects in their communities, progressing from participating in activities, to leading them.

By facilitating their own activities, young people gain valuable skills in project planning and leadership, and have the opportunity to make a positive impact in their communities.
To date:

  • 90 young people have delivered projects benefitting over 1100 people from around London.
  • 24 young people have also undergone Peabody Ambassador training and have formed the first Peabody Youth Board, helping to shape and deliver youth provision around Peabody Estates.
  • 22 individual young people have been supported through the programme to deliver projects that develop their own social enterprises.

What the judges said

Lynsey Boother, Adviser for Give Us A Chance judged the Investing in People category. She said: ‘The Investing in People category is close to the heart of Give us a Chance and our members, and the judging this year was incredibly tough, with such strong entries received. The public vote for Peabody demonstrates how many of us place the greatest value on those projects which focus on young people; giving them a chance to succeed, as a valued part of their neighbourhoods, developing the people skills, business acumen and confidence they will need to thrive throughout their lives.  We congratulate the team at Peabody for creating these life chances for young people, and we share their passion to do more, year on year.’