One of our youth projects has been recognised at awards showcasing the very best examples of residents and landlords working together.

After winning the regional award for Excellence in Youth Involvement, Vale’s Nails was named overall category winner at the national Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) awards on 9 July. 

The project was developed in partnership with charity ART AGAINT KNIVES, who work with at-risk young people living in areas of London affected by knife crime.

Vale's nails award winner
Lajaune Lincoln, Peabody's Youth Services Manager (left) with Vale's Nails' Youth Manager Alison Woods (second left)

Community engagement

Vale’s Nails uses community nail bars as a way of engaging with young women who need support; by providing opportunities to learn about professional nail care, design their own nail art, and run pop up nail bar events for other women in their local community and gain recognised qualifications.

Vale’s Nails has worked with over 100 young women who live on and around the Strawberry Vale estate in Barnet.  Aside from creating amazing nails, they also received one-on-one mentoring, support with personal issues, housing, homework, CVs, and access to education, employment, and training opportunities.

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High praise

Veronica Kirwan, Director of Community Programmes at Peabody said:

"We're thrilled that Vale's Nails has been recognised by these national awards. The project is making a real difference to the lives of young women and their community, by providing opportunities and support services, and encouraging them to take the lead when tackling issues that affect their day-to-day lives.

Congratulations and well done to all involved!"