YPAS Wins Gamechanger Award

March 2, 2023

YPAS wins Gamechanger award for their inspiring work to make Merseyside a safer, fairer place.

We’re proud to announce that YPAS has won one of the first ever Gamechanger Awards, for Most Determined Team in recognition of their work as part of the Peer Action Collective (PAC).

What is the Gamechanger Awards?

– In partnership with Co-op, the Gamechanger Awards are a celebration of the inspiring work of the Peer Action Collective (PAC), a ground-breaking network of young people, working to conduct research and use it to make change in their local communities.

– Young researchers come together at an event held in Liverpool to share what they’ve learned so far about violence – and about what needs to change to make their communities fairer places. A full report will then be launched in March 2023.

– Ten inspiring young people and projects won Gamechanger awards for their incredible commitment to ending violence. This includes peer researchers working with YPAS from Merseyside.

Gamechanger Awards celebrate the work of ten incredible young people and projects, who are part of PAC, a ground-breaking new youth-led network, which is funded by the Youth Endowment Fund, the #iwill Fund (a joint investment between The National Lottery Community Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and Co-op. Through the programme, over 120 peer researchers have listened to young people, recording their experiences of violence and finding out what needs to happen to make their area a better place to live. They’ve also been working with local partners to turn what they’ve learned into action.

PAC Merseyside has been working with partners MYA, LFC Foundation, LCC Targeted Services, LSCP & MVRP alongside stakeholders to turn our youth violence research findings into meaningful social action. We have provided several existing groups of young people with grant funding from Co-op to increase the impact of our social action, from educational resources to diversionary activities to a youth-led outdoor village market.

We are planning an event in Liverpool One to engage with young people and their families over February half-term and are also in the process of setting up a regional youth violence forum for young people.

From working to improve police-youth relations, setting up a youth centre or campaigning for changes in the education system – PAC has been creating opportunities for young people to make their community a safer, fairer place.

To view the full press release click here