Sunday, 21 April 2024
Sunday, 21 April 2024

HIVE Network relaunched by Paula McDonald CBE, new Chair of Trustees at Redthread

THE youth work charity Redthread, which focuses on bringing young people out of cycles of violence and supporting them to lead healthy and happy lives, has relaunched its HIVE network. 

Collaborating to Reduce Serious Youth Violence took place in London yesterday and brought together practitioners, community organisations, funders and commissioners who work to prevent and intervene in cycles of violence and harm. Delegates heard from Violence Reduction Unit Directors, service-delivery organisations and NHS violence reduction programmes. There was also an exhibition of community partners who work with children and young people impacted by violence.

The conference was hosted by Redthread’s new Chair of Trustees, Paula McDonald, CBE, who joined the board in the Autumn.

The HIVE network is a collaborative national network, hosted by Redthread. HIVE, which stands for ‘Hospitals-Interrupting Violence Exchange’ was conceived in 2016 to create opportunities for learning and collaboration between organisations that deliver hospital-based youth violence intervention services to young people who have been impacted, or are at risk of being impacted, by violence and exploitation. Since its founding seven years ago, the Network has developed to encompass broader violence intervention and prevention work.

Paula brings a wealth of experience to Redthread as the new Chair, having worked in the voluntary sector, local government and as a senior Civil Servant in the Cabinet Office. As a senior Civil Servant Paula led large-scale programme delivery and government strategy, advising department ministers and prime ministers, coordinating major policy reviews and introducing legislation across Whitehall, with a focus on public body governance, leadership and workforce reform. Her award of a CBE was in recognition of her contribution to public services and leadership reform.

Paula currently holds several roles within the youth and education sector, including as a Trustee for New Horizon Youth Centre and a Schools Federation Chair. Additionally, Paula is a Lay Panel Chair for Judicial Appointments and a Regulatory Adjudicator and Panel Chair for Social Work England. Paula has also been a Non-Executive Director for a Children’s Social Services Trust and a University Hospital Trust. Paula’s appointment presents a strong opportunity for both Redthread and the HIVE network to further develop a forward-looking approach to strategy.

Tracey Burley, Interim Chief Executive, of Redthread, said: 

“We are thrilled to have Paula re-launch the HIVE network’s live events after a three-year hiatus. Paula’s expertise in programme delivery, the education sector and social and economic policy has added real value to Redthread, and we’re delighted that her expertise can now benefit the broader network of partners, practitioners and stakeholders. She will support the HIVE network in delivering the best outcomes for young people who are affected by violence.”

HIVE Network relaunched by Paula McDonald CBE, new Chair of Trustees at Redthread
Paula Mcdonald CBE.

Paula McDonald CBE, Chair of Trustees, Redthread, said:  

“I am honoured to have been appointed as Redthread’s new Chair of Trustees, and to Chair the Collaborating to Reduce Serious Youth Violence conference today.

“I have greatly enjoyed getting to know the work that Redthread and its partners do to help vulnerable adolescents and young people break the cycle of violence that can ravage lives.

“With the cost of living crisis and increasing health inequality impacting young people’s prospects and livelihoods, this work has never been more needed. It was a privilege to host the HIVE conference yesterday and work together with partners across different sectors, including in the NHS and across the education sector, to improve the lives of young people. Together, we must continue to share our knowledge and expertise to evidence, learn from and enhance our collective and positive impacts, demonstrating the real and tangible difference we are making to those very vulnerable young people who need and rely on our services.”


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