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London Mayor £2,000 cash boost to Richmond Housing Partnership mentoring scheme
A mentoring scheme for young people has secured £2,000 to expand.
Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP) will receive the cash from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime as part of its commitment to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.
The housing association’s mentoring scheme was set up by RHP community engagement adviser Sue Honey at the Butts Farm estate in Hanworth in 2008.
Caroline Willmot used to be known to police as high risk, after being involved in serious antisocial behaviour but, since joining the mentoring scheme she has worked hard to turn her life around.
The 17-year-old RHP customer and mentee was shortlisted for young tenant of the year at the Southern TPAS Awards last week.
Last year she gained an apprenticeship with RHP’s Urban Academy and now champions youth services as the vice-chairman of RHP’s youth panel.
Bertie Morse, RHP mentor and Urban Academy project manager, said: “The scheme is really beneficial to young people.
“It gives them the support and confidence they need to choose the right path for them and to succeed in life.”
For more information, visit rhp.org.uk.