TVH has been awarded regional winner for its ‘Young Peace Makers’ project at the National Housing Federation Community Impact Awards.
It was given the award after winning the ‘Safer Streets’ category for the project, which started in 2011 and trains young people to go into schools as conflict resolutions mentors.
Sahil Khan, Community Investment Manager at TVH said, “The project came about to bring together white British and Nepalese young people in Rushmoor. We worked in very close partnership with Aik Saath, a specialist conflict resolution charity from Slough, youth projects, The Gaming Zone and Naya Yuva, as well as Rushmoor Borough Council (RBC). Initially we held workshops for young people from the affected neighbourhoods exploring peaceful solutions to conflict, to break down community barriers. I’m delighted the project has won, however it isn’t just for TVH. It is for all the organisations who’ve worked hard to bring this project together.”
The project is now expanding further. Thanks to support from RBC, the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund has donated £60,000 so that 50 young ‘Peacemakers’ will train as mentors to work in schools across the borough.
TVH has been delivering community support through its Community Investment Strategy since 2008. It now provides financial support through its Community Chest fund, support through information events, works with partner organisations to develop projects and trains residents to develop their own community projects.
Geeta Nanda, CEO at TVH said, “This is a great achievement by our Community Investment Team as we only embarked on our Community Investment Strategy four years ago. What has developed is fantastic not only for us as an organisation, but mainly for those people we have helped in our local communities. It also shows the power of working closely with our community partners to ensure we co-ordinate our resources to deliver what communities really want.”