19 June, 2019

Celebrating Our People

The YST Recognition Awards were created to recognise and celebrate individuals and teams who have gone the extra mile in reflecting the shared values that we promote in our work on behalf of young people.

The nomination process is peer led – nominations are invited from all staff members - and these are then anonymised and presented to a panel recruited from the wider YST staff body, which changes for each round. Winners are then invited to attend an Awards Ceremony where they hear the nomination and are presented with an award – often by a young person.

Many congratulations to all this round’s winners on their fantastic work and commitment to young people and the YST.

Operations Director “Making a Difference" Award

Sonia Cheetham & Ann Smith, 11+ Team Managers

"Over the last 6 months these two managers have taken great steps in improving the management oversight of the practice in the team, working to understand the culture of the team and ensuring that what happens is happening with the young person at the centre, to promote a positive approach to the work and develop a learning culture”.

Demonstrating Positive Leadership Award

Hannah Clune, Vicky Gough, Tim Oliver, Assistant Team Managers, Youth Offending and Community Team

"I am nominating these 3 ATM’s due to their willingness to take on additional responsibilities during a time of upheaval within the service. They demonstrated a clear can-do attitude by offering to take on numerous additional tasks to ensure that their team members and colleagues continued to be supported during a restructure and the recruitment of a new team manager”

Achieving Impact Award

Andy Hancock, 11+ Office Manager

"A real strength of Andy’s is his calmness and rational thinking. London Road admin team have dealt with some tricky situations over the past few months, but Andy positively leads his team and deals with matters arising in a calm and reassuring manner, and then starts all over again the next day”.


Outstanding Team Award

IRIS Day Provision

"I wish to nominate the IRIS Day Provision team for all of the above categories, as they consistently achieve impact, make a difference, show can-do attitudes, develop and sustain effective partnerships across IRIS and consistently go above and beyond, with every young person they support. This can be illustrated by the many compliments that we receive regarding the difference we make”.


Demonstrating a ‘Can Do’ Attitude

Sarah Penny, Team Manager, IRIS Day Provision

"Sarah consistently strives to understand why things the way they are for the YPs we work with. She constantly works on finding innovative and creative ways to support YPs to achieve better and more sustainable outcomes. It is clear to see that Sarah is passionate about supporting YPs and she shows true care”.


Developing Positive Partnerships

Jenny Milne, Children and Families Team

"Jen has communicated and worked effectively with the other professionals involved in E’s care to challenge the police and family in the concerns held for (young person). Jen’s approach and support has enabled professionals to recognise the barriers in being safe, due to her difficulties with language and understanding, coupled with her need for connection and closeness with others and being unable to recognise when they do not have the same intentions for her. Jen has worked tirelessly in finding ways to inform and educate the young person whilst working to increase her self-esteem and worth”.



Nominations will soon be open for the fourth round and we are looking forward to receiving them.

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Coronavirus update for YST services

At Gloucestershire Youth Support Team (YST) our priority is the safety and well being of the young people we work with and the staff that work so hard to support them. So for the foreseeable future, the YST will be delivered online and over the phone rather than in person.

All group work and events have been postponed until further notice, but we aim to keep in touch via social media and here. You can still contact us at info.glos@prospects.co.uk.

We will continue a skeleton service for those who are considered at high risk and do what we can to ease the burden and risks of social distancing and social isolation. We know these are difficult times, keep safe.

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