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29th Nov, 2021

Solihull youth workers celebrated during Youth Work Week

Sarah Mason 10th Nov, 2021

SOLIHULL youth workers were celebrated for all they do to inspire youngsters during Youth Work Week.

The week, which ran from November 1 to 7, was organised by the National Youth Agency (NYA) to honour youth workers around the country and young champions who have inspired youth workers too.

To mark the week Solihull Council highlighted the work of Sunny Gill, who runs Crossover Basketball sessions.

Sunny wanted to take the groups in a slightly different direction by expanding the offer so that they could support young people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and he needed some advice.

To make the dream become a reality Sunny contacted Solihull Council’s Community Development Team, which works with grass roots groups across the borough to nurture, advise and develop opportunities for young people.

He worked with Jade Reddie on the team to put together a package of support including mentoring and bespoke training for volunteers and coaches plus guidance on funding opportunities.

Sunny said: “I can’t think of anyone else who’s been more helpful and reliable in this journey so far. The support Jade was able to give me under quite difficult circumstances means that I can help even more local young people through our basketball sessions.”

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