We had such a fantastic and extended session with the younger girls group thanks to Healthy Holidays Hull! We made hot cross buns, granola/yoghurt breakfast bites and smoothie ice lollies. All before they took part in a murder mystery together.
We've been celebrating our Advanced Level of the NYA Quality Mark Award all week in our groups, using our Network/NYA photo booth, collecting quotes from the young people about what they love best about Network, and making celebration cupcakes to give out during our coffee morning!
We had a great time during the Easter holidays running a Family Day for our Parent & Toddler group! They loved the healthy buffet we provided and the snack bunny went down a treat, ezpecially with the little ones!
Francois wore the young people out doing Easter hunts and hide and seek whilst the parents got to have some me time in our youth room doing tattoos, colouring and getting to have a chat.
We gave everyone an Easter Egg to go home with at the end of the session and was glad to see how much fun everyone had had during the day.
A fantastic start to the Healthy Holidays sessions with our young people; they had so much fun and showed off some impressive skills when making their Victoria Sponge cakes with an Easter decorative twist! Everyone was a Star Baker in our eyes.
We're ecstatic to announce that we have been awarded the Advanced Level of the NYA Quality Mark. The NYA Quality Mark recognises high quality youth work through benchmarked standards and indicators based on the National Occupational Standards. The Award is a celebration and acknowledgment of how organisations demonstrate they achieve high standards of quality assessed against each indicator, and an opportunity to be externally validated for the excellent services to young people organisations provide using youth work methodology. The process of undertaking Quality Mark Award assessment is reflective and developmental and focuses on achieving better outcomes for young people by reviewing and refining youth work practice.
Ayisja Smith, Youth and Community Worker, said, "Working towards the NYA Quality Mark has enabled us to recognise our organisational strengths and areas for development. The process has supported us to develop reflectively and strategically in order to improve outcomes and relationships for young people. Throughout our time working with the NYA, we have been able to establish more effective ways of ensuring participation with young people and put in place new methods of listening to and acting on young people’s voices. We have seen a real change within our project throughout this process and plan to continue developing our practice using the recommendations from the NYA. We are exceptionally proud and honoured to have achieved the ‘Advanced Level’ of the NYA Quality Mark. We will be celebrating our achievements this week with the young people who access our project. Thank you to the NYA for their continued support – this has been an extremely beneficial experience for us that will be instrumental in our future endeavours.”
Laura Keegan, Quality Practice Manager at NYA commented, “It has been exciting to award Hessle Road Network with the Advanced Level Quality Mark. This organisation works in the heart of the community and delivers fantastic youth work that closely meets the needs of the young people while also offering aspirational opportunities. Innovation is important to Hessle Road Network and this is demonstrated through their willingness to develop and grow their youth work practice, I was particularly impressed with how they embedded their Voice and Influence work. I had the fantastic opportunity to see first-hand the commitment and enthusiasm of the youth workers and the difference they are making to the lives of the young people they work with.”
We will take pleasure in continuing to work to this high standard and aim even higher over the next three years to develop as a project for our community.
Hessle Road Network is a company limited by guarantee (No 04360117) registered in England and Wales and a registered charity (No 1097519). Registered Office : Network Young People’s Centre, 1 Massey Street, Hull HU3 3LA.