Futures employee Ling Peng secures national award for contributions to young people with special educational needs

28th October, 2022 Read time: Two minutes

Futures are delighted to celebrate the incredible impact of employee Ling Peng who has been recognised nationally at the 2022 Children and Young People Awards. Ling secured 'Best Newcomer' award, recognising exceptional achievements of someone who started working with young people after 2019.

Ling instantly jumped out to be deserving of this nomination, placed as national finalist and then was announced in October to be the national winner! 

Since joining Futures Ling has been an unstoppable force, working as sole worker supporting young people in Nottinghamshire. During Covid, Ling worked on a specialist project supporting young people with SEND who were disengaging with education amidst lock downs and digital learning.  Ling worked tirelessly to support them with highly creative input, supporting wellbeing to re-engage and saw over 90% of her young people re-settle in education.

Ling then moved her focus to support Project Search, a role and project commissioned through Nottinghamshire County Council supporting young adults who have EHC Plans to develop work skills within our local hospitals to improve access into high quality paid employment.  Ling’s supportive and nurturing approach has enabled over 90% of her young people to move into jobs after their program finished. This is an amazing achievement beyond anyones hopes for the contract.

Jo Key, Business Manager at Futures said: “I am beyond delighted to see Ling get this recognition that she truly deserves. She has been dedicated, passionate, determined and highly conscientious in all she has done. Her results are amazing but have come through hard work, understanding and commitment. She has a natural ability to develop excellent relationships and trust with people she works with and is a real asset to our locality, helping us all work together to continue to improve outcomes and employability for young people with SEND. 

In the words of Ling when she attended the Awards event: “Wow this is really big isn’t it!”. Indeed, it is and Ling is fully deserving of it!”"

Our provision supporting those with SEND is a core element of our present and future offering. Including Ask Us, Iris, Future Impact and Supported Internships. 

You can find out more about the services available here.