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
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