This year has shown how important healthy and dependable relationships are for seeing us through difficult times as well as the good. We learn how to form, maintain and navigate these relationships through experiences early in life and from the role models in our own lives

That’s why we are sponsoring the Youth Relationships Award with Children and Young People Now for a second year. 

This award highlights the amazing work going on in youth services every day. It does so by encouraging us all to shape vital relationship experiences for young people and works towards all young people having the same chances to enjoy healthy and dependable relationships. 

Generation Girls, last year’s Youth Relationships Award winner, works with girls who have autism and with those who have learning disabilities. It offers a powerful drama programme for girls, and online interactive 'smart script' workshops, that improves their understanding of healthy relationships. 

We have been delighted to share with our team, teachers, schools, young people and their families, our news on winning the Youth Relationship Award…  The award gave us the opportunity to speak at the CYPN SEND conference earlier this month. It has been such an honour to share our work with others, to talk about our best practice and to show how we have built and adapted during these difficult times. Our award from CYPN will actively support future development and funding for the project.

Rosie Horler, Outreach Officer at Generation Girls

Rochdale Council’s Relationships Revolution programme was Highly Commended for shifting the culture of a major town ‘to ensure healthy relationships for everyone who lives, works, studies and volunteers in Rochdale borough.’

Fastn supported Rochdale’s Youth Team to launch the Student Relationship Champions Programme passionately co-produced by young people. Janet, a Student Relationship Champion, explains why the programme is so important:

By partnering on the award for a second year we aim to put youth relationships – the
vital importance of investing in them and celebrating the best of what is already
happening – firmly on the agenda for the future.