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Project information

Carney's Youth Crime Prevention programme

This project works intensively with young people who are involved with or at risk of being involved with crime. Though positive activity, sport, and mentoring we aim to turn young people away from crime and offending and into upstanding members of their community, being the best they can possibly be


Charity information: Carney's Community

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  • Need


    Wandsworth combines areas of affluence with severe poverty. In these areas there are high levels of child poverty, high numbers of 16-18s not in education, employment or training and high unemployment. These areas have high levels of childhood obesity and smoking and drug use is prevalent, life expectancy is lower than average.
    Young people growing up in deprived areas have higher exposure to violence and a higher chance of offending. Knife crime and gang involvement are both serious issues.


    We use sport and mentoring to engage young people and create opportunities for them. Sport has been shown to be a successful and cost-effective way of tackling youth crime and gang violence as well as have an positive impact on physical and mental health.
    Similarly, mentoring can be effective in reducing anti-social behaviour and crime. Mentored people are less likely to engage in risky/problem behaviour and more likely to experience better physical and mental health.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce offending, re-offending and anti-social behaviour


    » Engage young people in positive and constructive activity (specifically boxing)
    » Whilst providing intensive, long-term and consistent one-to-one mentoring which offers unprejudiced support and empathy

    What success will look like

    Through our online database that tracks individual progress and records all engagements and positive outcomes from our participants.

    Aim 2

    Improve social mobility and community cohesion


    » Provide a community space and environment where young people can meet/engage with members of the community from different backgrounds to themselves.
    » Provide volunteering opportunities for young people to give back to their community
    » Community cohesion is improved through the shared hot meals we offer to our young people after their boxing sessions

    What success will look like

    Collecting in-depth case studies
    gathering feedback from partner agencies & family members
    facilitating a youth council for youth feedback on our services

    Aim 3

    Build self-discipline, self-esteem and confidence and employability


    » Inherent in our boxing sessions are the lessons of self-discipline and control of emotions. As young people progress their confidence improves
    » Young people work with their mentors on focusing on their strengths, building their confidence and self-esteem around what they are good at and enjoy

    What success will look like

    As both above

  • Impact


    - improve self-esteem, confidence, anger management and fitness among young people
    - Provide volunteering opportunities
    - Get more NEET young people into education, training or employment
    - Reduce offending and re-offending
    - Reduce engagement with gangs and gang violence
    - Improve both physical and mental health among young people
    This has an obvious benefit on the community, as well as reducing the cost of crime and anti-social behaviour.


    There are a lot of risks that come with working with hard to reach young people. Each young person is an individual with their own issues and risks and we treat them as such. We also let young people tell us what issues they are facing and find important, rather than telling them what their problems are.
    This, coupled with strong relationships built over a long-term period have been shown to reduce the chances of young people disengaging from services. We also have very experienced staff.


    We encourage all of our donors and supporters to sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with all of the good work we are going.
    We will also write to our donors to thank them and let them know where their funds have been spent.
    Our Annual charity report is available upon request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Intensive 1-2-1 Mentoring 6 Hours a week of intensive and long-term mentoring for hard-to-reach young people over the summer
      £8,000 Sessional based Youth work 7.5 Weekly hours of sessional based mentoring in positive and diversionary activity (Boxing)
      £5,500 Administration hours The hours necessary spent planning activities and sessions and collecting data for M&E
      £1,500 Supervisionary hours Time spent supervising the youth work team and ensuring all staff are adequately supported
      £1,000 Expenses and training Costs incurred for staff travel and providing food or drinks to young people when mentoring
      £2,000 Fit and Fed programme Providing free meals to young people
      £1,000 Monthly workshops Holding workshops on relevant issues for the young people, e.g. knife crime, sexual exploitation
  • Background


    Wandsworth is an area that combines affluence with severe poverty.
    Carney's Community centre is flanked on one side by Battersea park, and the other by disadvantaged estates.
    Carney's Community centre has been open for 3 years, and provides a safe place for disadvantaged young people from the surrounding area to come and access positive activity, role models and advice amongst other things.
    Youth crime is high in the area, and Carney's Community have been combating that with our services.


    This project will benefit young people aged 11-18 in the local area who have a higher risk of becoming involved with crime and/or gangs.
    Where as these young people might not be able to access other services due to the cost barrier, Carney's' services are free and open to all.
    The young people who benefit will have a number of risk factors and will be referred from schools, police, probation, Youth Offending Teams and Early Intervention Teams.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Carney's Community is unique in its combination of boxing and long-term mentoring to reduce crime, and our mentoring is unique as we offer long-term mentoring whilst other agencies offer only short-term. Furthermore our mentoring is offered when the young person feels they need it rather than when the organisation tells them they need it.
    Our approach is unusual & resource intensive but ultimately effective because creating lasting changes takes time, hard work & dedication

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    George Turner

    George Turner is the co-founder of the charity and has been working with young people for nearly two decades.

    Mark Reigate

    Mark is also co-founder, and head coach of the boxing. Mark was himself saved from crime through boxing and now does the same for the next generation

    Rory Bradshaw

    Rory is our Lead Youth Worker. He will manage the youth work team and run the mentoring and drop-in sessions as well as the free hot meals.


    Andrew used to be a participant of Carneys. With our help he has gained boxing qualifications and now works as a volunteer coach with the young people

“If I wasn’t at Carney’s I’d be in prison, on the streets or dead in the gutter somewhere.”

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