SLYNCS (Strengthening Links Between the Youth and Networks, Communities and Specialists) is a Blackburn based social action organisation working with and empowering young people to make positive changes to their local community.
SLYNCS facilitate weekly forums for young people across Blackburn with Darwen, delivering a variety of programmes aimed at developing leadership, teamwork and social action across the town.
Personnel Checks sponsored SLYNCS’ 4th Annual Dinner along with Inspira and Victim Support, which took place at Maida Restaurant in Blackburn, helping to recognise the achievements made by young people in their local community.
The event was attended by 220 guests and theme of the evening was ‘Bridging Blackburn’ where young people used their skills and talents to raise awareness around issues within their local areas which cause barriers to integration.
Michelle Mellor, Personnel Checks Managing Director and Lead Signatory attended the event and presented the award for Professional of the Year.
This award recognises a professional that keeps our children and young people safe. An outstanding member of staff in either a formal or informal establishment working in a way that keeps young people protected from harm whilst at the same time encouraging, developing and empowering the next generation.
The judges awarded the accolade to Hilary Ward, Education Welfare Officer and safeguarding lead at St Thomas’s Centre, Blackburn.
Hilary truly lives by the school motto “Everyone succeeds, no exceptions, no excuses”. It doesn’t matter how many meetings she has to attend or reports she writes, the needs of her students and their families come first.
The rest of the evening was filled with performances from young people who attend SLYNCS forums, demonstrated in moving and creative ways what ‘Bridging Blackburn’ meant to them.
Commenting on the evening Michelle Mellor said;
“Myself and the rest of the Personnel Checks team are honoured to be a sponsor for such an inspiring event, recognising individuals who are leading the way to bring communities together.
As a national safeguarding business, we go to huge lengths to raise awareness of many of the issues which have been highlighted this evening and it’s fantastic to see young people tackling these issues head on to help others who may currently be facing them,”