CXK, has been awarded the Mayor of Ashford’s ‘Certificate of Achievement’ in recognition of its “exceptional work to improve the outcomes for disadvantaged young people and adults.”
The Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Winston Michael, visited CXK’s Ashford headquarters earlier this month to deliver the award to CXK’s CEO, Pauline Smith. The award followed the Mayor’s observation of the charity’s extensive work in helping improve the life chances of individuals, both in the local Ashford community across the south-east.
Cllr Michael said, “In the short time I have come to know CXK I am very much taken by the incredible work it does to inspire and motivate the many disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in our society.
CXK and I share a similar passion to do the best we possibly can for our younger citizens regardless of their personal circumstances, and to reveal to each and every one their true inner strengths and to show them that anything is possible if they really want it. Like me, CXK believes all young people should have the opportunity to enjoy their lives, reach their full potential, and make a good transition into adulthood.
“If we are to have the better parents and citizens of tomorrow, doing this is of paramount importance. Handing out The Princes Trust Awards brought home to me what a difference CXK made to the lives of recipients and to see in those young people the self-esteem and self-worth CXK gave them. Attending the CXK Impact Event I was yet again taken by the huge number of young people CXK has touched over the years and the remarkable positive effect its work has, and continues to have, on very many lives. Of course, none of this would be possible without the dedication and commitment of CXK personnel at every level, and as the Mayor of Ashford, and on behalf of Ashford Borough Council, I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
“It therefore gives me great pleasure to award CXK my Mayor’s Certificate of Achievement as recognition of its exceptional work to improve the outcomes for those young people and adults that are disadvantaged; for the delivery of inspirational programmes that sees individuals make a good transition into education, employment, and training; and for nurturing at all times an ethos that every individual matters regardless of personal circumstance.”
The Mayor’s award follows a successful year for CXK, which saw the charity support more than 50,000 adults and young people across the south-east through its services. In the past year, the charity supported 1,700 unemployed young people through its training and development programmes, delivered careers advice and guidance to more than 23,000 adults and 20,000 school children, and gave counselling to 1,000 of Kent’s children and young people to support their emotional wellbeing.
Pauline Smith commented, “We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this award, which celebrates the significant impact and outcomes achieved by CXK with so many individuals across our communities. We’re proud to offer high quality support to individuals across the south-east, empowering and inspiring them to thrive and move forwards meaningfully in their lives.”