- Published on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 10:11
On Thursday 28th April 2013 CEO/ Founder of Options 4 Change Donna Sinclair was honoured with a Lambeth Civic Award for the Streatham area. She received her certificate from outgoing Lambeth Mayor Clive Bennett.
The award was “in recognition of her dedication and commitment…supporting vulnerable young people and their families”. Mayor Bennett said the awards “have clearly demonstrated the strength of local communities” in Lambeth, while Council Leader Lib Peck called the awards a “celebration of the best in Lambeth”. Mr Bennett praised Donna's work encouraging young people, and told her to “continue with her splendid work”.
The citation in full:
Donna Sinclair has worked exceptionally hard for this community. She is a fearless, tireless and outspoken campaigner for vulnerable people and their families.
Her organisation Options 4 Change, of which she is the Chief Executive, supports young people who have been excluded from school or who have fallen out of the system and advocates for them and their parents, in order to get them back into mainstream or alternative education.
Donna has been personally instrumental in supporting families of victims of violent crime, attending funerals and accompanying grieving parent to court.
Donna has had particular succes in supporting young men to escape from gang involvement. The Lambeht Piolice, Trident and Youth Offending Service have all used her projects, relying on her organisation to deal with very difficult and sensitive cases.
Many troubled teenagers have been through her 'Turnaround Project' which teaches them a number of skills designned to help them re-enter society, leading them to education or employment. Over the years she has enabled young people to spend time outside the borough/ London in order to experience team building and gain confidence in life beyond their postcode. Some have even visited the House of Commons to talk to MPs about their experience of life on the streets.
Donna has worked hard for so many years to better the lives of young people, their parents and our community.