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Prevista holds 21st Anniversary Celebration at House of Commons

On Monday 20th March Prevista held a 21st anniversary celebration event at the House of Commons. Hosted by Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, the event brought together 150 stakeholders as well as current and former members of Prevista staff. The event was set up to celebrate 21 years of transforming the lives of Londoners through skills, employability and enterprise support as well as surviving, growing and flourishing in a fiercely competitive marketplace.

The evening opened with a speech from Tom Brake MP who relayed how Prevista’s work has transformed the lives of hundreds of people across his constituency. Attendees were then welcomed by Prevista Chairman, Susan Fey who talked of her 50 year career in education and the deeply rooted structural issues facing young people and adults in modern Britain and how Prevista strives every day to help people surmount them and progress in their careers and lives. Following Susan, Prevista’s Managing Director James Clements Smith gave an emotional speech recounting his experiences of growing up in the housing estates of Glasgow, talking about what drives him in his mission to help eradicate the scourge of poverty, unemployment and deprivation in his adopted city of London.

Prevista used this opportunity to show appreciation to several people who have made a significant contribution to supporting our beneficiaries over the past 21 years. We handed out awards to the following individuals and organisations:

Supply Chain Partner Award: awarded to Chris Murray of The Write Time, an innovative youth focused organisation who has consistently gone the extra mile to meet and exceed targets across Prevista’s youth provision

Adviser Award: awarded to Kevin Ramsey of The Write Time, in recognition of his commitment and success in improving the lives of young people

Employer Award: awarded to Simon Smith of Engie, in recognition of Engie’s commitment to developing their staff through in work training and Apprenticeships

Innovation Award: awarded to Richard Alberg of MyWorkSearch, in recognition of his commitment to developing pioneering technology which empowers unemployed people to take control of their journey to employment

Staff Award: awarded to Alison Raphael in recognition of her 12 years’ loyal service to Prevista

In addition we recognised the achievements of two beneficiaries of Prevista’s programmes:

Apprenticeship Award: awarded to Jack Kirkby, Assistant Receptionist and Linden Lodge School, who, with immense grit and determination, overcame several barriers to achieve his Level 3 Business Admin apprenticeship

SME Award: awarded to Rachel Attwell of Luella’s Bridal who set up a business that is thriving and growing via Prevista’s enterprise provision

The night continued with Prevista receiving some awards of our own. Paddy Minnis, Lead Auditor at IMSM, presented James Clements Smith with our renewed ISO9001:2015 quality accreditation in recognition of robust quality systems across our organisation. The awards concluded with Paul Devoy, CEO of Investor’s in People, awarding Prevista with Investor’s in People Gold, a huge achievement and recognition of the way we support and develop our own staff to improve themselves and advance in their careers.

Following the awards, Mohamed Reffas, Prevista’s Supply Chain Manager who is leading on our innovative Youth Congress initiative introduced Neil Wragg of our strategic partner, Youth at Risk. Neil talked about how our partnership has developed in a short space of time, starting with intensive 3 day training provided to every Prevista member of staff, continuing with a further inteisve 3 days of training for all Prevista’s supply chain partners and culminating with the Youth Congress, an innovative programme which will empower young people to create projects that will transform their own communities. James formally presented Neil with a cheque for £50,000, which will part fund the initiative.

The event represented an excellent networking opportunity for all who attended and we have received hugely positive feedback from a wide range of attendees including funders, key stakeholders and supply chain partners. We would like to thank all who attended and who have supported us to transform the lives of so many vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the last two decades.

Pictures of the event can be viewed here

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