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SAFE@LAST's Whirlwind Year
By Tracy Haycox MBE - 5 February 2018
It has been over a year now since SAFE@LAST became part of the Depaul family and, let me tell you, what a whirlwind year it's been!
As we arrived on the 3 October 2016, we were just in time to attend our very first Staff Conference and had the fantastic opportunity to showcase our Education Programme - Right Here Right Now.
We were so delighted with the response that we got from our new colleagues, it really let us know that the Programme was right on target for young people.
Following the Staff Conference we were straight into Christmas and then began 2017 with full caseloads for the Family Support Workers and One-to-One Outreach Workers and a full diary of Right Here Right Now booked in Sheffield Schools until Easter 2017.
In April 2017, we became part of the Prevent Strategy, playing a key role in helping Depaul UK achieve its outcomes in Family work and Education Work.
Over Summer 2017, we worked with the National Citizenship Service in South Yorkshire and were thrilled when the Rotherham NCS released its award-winning charity single to raise money and awareness for SAFE@LAST - Teary Skies which you can watch here.
Fundraising has continued in full force and we received a fantastic Donation from Rudston School Trustees, Rotherham for the Education work in June 2017 and then, in November 2017, Lucy Pargeter, who plays Chastity Dingle in Emmerdale and is a former Patron for SAFE@LAST, won £5,000 in TV game show "The Chase" to go towards our work with vulnerable young people in South Yorkshire.
We have also been recognised by Accor Hotels Mercure, Sheffield, for "Outstanding Achievement in the Local Community".
We are enjoying 2018 and looking forward to another successful year for SAFE@LAST.
* Tracy Haycox is Director of Children and Young People's Services, SAFE@LAST, Depaul UK