Posted on 23 August 2016
The Brent Young Advisors have won the Partnership of the Year title at the national Young Advisors Awards, just a year after they were founded with the support of Hyde’s community investment team, Hyde Plus.
Brent Young Advisor, Sabrina Newell, collected the award, which was given to the team in recognition of their unique partnership with the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Through the partnership the advisors have set up a sexual health initiative at Hyde's Pavilion Sports Centre in Stonebridge, providing sexual health checks. This has transformed the way that young people using the facilities at the Pavilion think about sexual health, normalising the idea of getting tested regularly.
Brent Young Advisor, Sabrina, said: ‘The boys that play football every week were initially reluctant to talk about sexual health or consider getting tested, but now there is often a queue! We’ve run more than 20 sessions and completed around 60 tests – it’s not a taboo topic like it used to be.’
Jahanara Hussain, Hyde Plus Head of Community Investment said: ‘I’m delighted that the dedication, enthusiasm, hard work and commitment of the Brent Young Advisors has been recognised at national level. Hyde is proud to support this pioneering project that makes a big difference to the lives of our young residents in Brent.’