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4th Dec 2012

Julie Donaldson, an Adviza member of staff who passed away in January 2012 following a short illness, was recognised at the Children and Young People Now Awards in London last night.  Julie’s relatives were given a   standing ovation on stage as Julie was highly commended in the Children and Young People’s Champion category.

Julie worked as the life coach on the pioneering Miller Road Project which ran in Banbury, Oxfordshire from November 2010 to February 2012.  This innovative project was a partnership between Sanctuary, Cherwell Valley District Council, Southwark Habitat for Humanity, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, and Adviza.  The programme was the first of its kind, providing training and work experience for 25 disengaged young people who worked alongside experienced professionals to build affordable homes for the local population.

As the life coach, Julie mentored the young people on the project, acting as their confidante and inspiring them to use the experience to turn their lives around. She worked with them to develop skills in areas ranging from budgeting and time management to CV writing and job applications, helping them to engage with their futures and ultimately to progress on to work and learning opportunities.

Julie’s commitment to and belief in the young people she worked with is reflected in the project’s success. 80% of the young people on the project  successfully progressed into positive destinations ranging from apprenticeships as decorators and joiners, to college courses in public services.

Katharine Horler, Adviza’s chief executive commented: “It was fantastic, and a fitting tribute to see Julie recognised in this way.   The personal drive and approach offered by Julie was instrumental in the success of the project and the young peoples’ personal development.   Julie made such an impact on this project that the Miller Road development was named Donaldson Court in her honour.”

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