Amanda McDonald Fights CrimeDavid Patrick
I was delighted to hear this week that Amanda has been nominated for a couple of Staffordshire Criminal Justice Awards. She has been nominated for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tackling Youth Crime’ award and the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award for her mentoring work for voluntary organisation – Axis.
The scheme identifies young people from challenging backgrounds and provides them with positive role models for up to a year. The mentors engage them in new activities and work with them to increase their confidence, aspirations and attainment.
Amanda is currently working with her fourth mentor and as well as finding this personally rewarding, it helps to formulate a deeper understanding of how communities operate and how different engagement strategies help to drive behaviour change.
Fingers crossed that she wins!