MDR are on a quest to reform young people and to treat them as individuals with respect for their opinions.
Our work is directed to improve and decrease the crime figures that we see today; this is different from the youth schemes at present, as they are not expected to and so present no measure for their contribution to crime prevention. Instead, what we see today is a place for the youth to ‘play and socialize which is great for their communication and confident skills. But this seems to be resulting in cuts to funding youth work. The goal of the program is to identify youths who are going to have a turbulent transition from childhood to adulthood and to offer a positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives, something that they may not be receiving within their own homes.
Preddie’s OBE is in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to youth work"."Preddie gives off an almost visible aura of positivity. His eyes are bright and hopeful – and when he talks you know that the optimism he exudes is not just for himself but for those who need it more than he does."
Erwin James, The Guardian
What people say about Chris Preddie OBE
I've heard a lot about you and the work you do... Keep up the good work
Queen Elisabeth II
Chris Preddie is the future
I love what you're doing. You put the work in, you get the work out
You have a gift
Chris Preddie is a charismatic speaker with good knowledge of issues around youth safety. He is relentlessly positive, and engages students well in thinking about their futures. He encourages them to display the kinds of positive behaviours which contribute to our strong learning community.
At Acland Burghley School, Chris thought carefully about students' needs, and tailored his talks and workshops to ensure that messages were well pitched for his audiences. Students and staff have been positive about the outcomes from his sessions.
Teachers and students were fully engaged in Chris Preddies session. His workshop was very inspiring, we had students writing their names on the registers even though the sessions were fully booked. They just had to get in.
We would love to have Chris back, his energy and passion is undeniable.
Chris Preddie OBE, was invited to our Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 3 Prize Giving events as a guest speaker. The school were very impressed by his speech and many young people were inspired and enthused by his words.
The school later received funding to support students who are at risk of NEET (not in education, training or employment). A group of young people in year 9 were identified to work with Chris for an hour a week for 12 weeks, culminating in a sharing of the work they had participated in with some of their peers. Chris was committed to the project. He engaged the boys through a mixture of personal experiences and discussion points. The boys, aged 13/14, were actively engaged in the project and developed many skills throughout the process, including communication, cooperation, negotiating and leadership. Chris has an incredibly positive attitude towards young people and their abilities. He encourages them to reflect on their own experiences whilst developing aspirations for their futures. The young people identify with Chris and aspire to be like him. Chris identified each individual student and their strengths and worked alongside the staff at school to ensure that the students understood the impact of their behaviour both in school and out in the community.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris to work in a mentoring capacity at your school. We are continuing our partnership with Chris and hope that he can come back and work with other groups of young people. He is reliable and consistent and an excellent role model.
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Chris Preddie is a breath of fresh air! Chris’s energy, enthusiasm and passion is what stand out most to me. The sessions have been engaging and thought provoking. Discussing and understanding why some young people make the choices they make. With no fear or judgement Chris has gained the trust of the students and have had all open up about decisions they have made and what consequence they had to face afterwards. Breaking down real life situation to understand that there is always a key thread which is, we always have a choice. ‘The power is always in your hands’. Chris has been very flexible and supportive in meeting the needs of all young people, giving up his personal time to ensure no students gets left behind. I would highly recommend Chris Preddie OBE to any school or organisation with the intention of helping young individuals.
Chris Preddie has worked really well with a number of students in Year 10 on a weekly basis and delivered an excellent informative assembly to the whole year group. Chris engages well with the students and gets students to relate to what they go through each day and how to overcome barriers to be successful. He is very enthusiastic and gives life changing advice to young individuals.