Kes project hooks an award

AN innovative housing association youth scheme based on the Idea of Barry Hine’s Barnsley classic Kes has been praised by judges.

Berneslai Homes have been chosen as finalist at this years Northern Region Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Awards.

The KES Project, a pilot project run by Berneslai Homes in conjunction with the local Carlton Community College was chosen as a finalist for the TPAS Excellence in Youth Involvement Award. The award looks at how housing providers can engage young people successfully in ways which are flexible, innovative, dynamic and relevant in order get engagement and results.

The KES project was set up at the start of 2011 with the aim to use working with birds of prey, as a diversionary activity to address the persistent behavioural problems of a 16 year old pupil Ben Brettoner. His problems were having an effect on both school and on his local estate. Ben showed a real passion for birds of prey and the idea was set up by Berneslai Homes Housing Management Officer Chris Corker who keeps and shows birds of prey. After meeting Ben he set up the course which is run in conjunction with SMJ Falconry based in Bradford and funded by Carlton Community College.

Ben successfully passed his course and was presented with his certificate in June 2011, he added “I am so pleased to have passed the course and have really enjoyed flying the birds and learning all about them. I would love to get a job in the future working in Falconry”.

Berneslai Homes Housing Management Director Mark McGee added,” It’s really good news that this project has been chosen as a finalist at the TPAS Awards. The judges looked for projects which have involved young people to effect positive change in communities by breaking down barriers and promoted cross generational working and understanding. I feel this project has been a great success and Ben’s behaviour has been remarkable and he’s now a role model for young people in his area. “