To build the confidence and self-worth of vulnerable young women and girls in Lambeth by empowering them to become valuable members of the community able to take ownership of their futures, reject negative coercion and expect respect.
December 2016 - November 2017
Charity information: St Giles Trust
The lack of female specific services for vulnerable young women and girls directly involved or on the periphery of gangs in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Levels of serious youth, sexual and gang violence are significantly higher in Lambeth than London or England average (Serious Violence in Lambeth Needs Assessment – June 2015) yet opportunities are still being missed to prevent vulnerable young women and girls becoming victims (Centre for Medical Help Report - 2013).
Delivery of ‘Expect Respect’ sessions by a female caseworker with ‘lived experience’ of sexual exploitation and other negative coercion linked to the gang lifestyle.
Sessions will reach vulnerable young girls in Lambeth identified by the police and youth offending teams as either directly involved in gangs or known to be at serious risk and address key needs such as relationships, peer pressure, sexual health, lifestyle choices and self esteem.
Equip the girls with the tools and knowledge to exit gangs and disassociate from negative peers.
Activities» Sexual Health & Healthy Lifestyle Workshops - Making the girls aware of sexual health services and the importance of healthy diet and exercise.
» Self Esteem Workshops - Raising the self esteem and aspirations of the girls to overcome negative portrayals on social media and from their peers.
» Relationship Workshops - Teaching the girls how to develop and maintain healthy relationships with boys, family and their peer groups.
Delivery of at least 30 Expect Respect sessions reaching a minimum of 300 girls/vulnerable young women involved or at risk of gang involvement.
Empower the girls to learn new skills and pursue more positive lifestyle choices.
Activities» Life Skills Workshops – Understanding of how actions like carrying a weapon for a boyfriend can profoundly affect future life choices.
» Real Talk Workshops - Opportunities for girls to discuss issues they are currently facing and share previous experiences for the benefit of others.
» Career Mapping Workshops – Discussions around Education, Training and Employment opportunities and completing accredited qualifications.
» Creativity Workshops – Music, Cooking (Cake Queenz Social Enterprise making and selling cakes to Lambeth businesses) and residential trips.
At least 10 girls to complete an accredited qualification and at least 2 residential trips enabling the girls to undertake new activities.
The girls will be empowered to leave behind gangs and other negative lifestyle choices and imbued with a new found confidence to pursue their own aspirations.
To measure success, we will elicit feedback from every young girl and professional (Youth Centre Staff) present at Expect Respect sessions by:
• Completion of feedback questionnaires at the end of every session.
• Recording any practical intervention where a girl has approached the team to escape a gang or violent relationship.
We do not have our own premises in Lambeth and so instead make use of the facilities at Marcus Lipton Youth Centre in Brixton to deliver Expect Respect Sessions.
We do however have a very good relationship with the Youth Centre and other local partners in Lambeth and so would be confident of finding a new premise should an issue arise.
We will submit progress reports to our donors quarterly. Donors will also have opportunity to see the delivery of Expect Respect sessions firsthand.
Budget - Project Cost: £21,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £15,000 x 0.5 Expect Respect Worker Caseworker Half Post to deliver at least 30 Expect Respect Sessions. £3,000 x 1 Summer Residential Residential for the girls to go away for a longer period together. £3,000 x 4 Day Trips Day trips to undertake a new activity and raise aspiration. For example, sailing.
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Lambeth Council Gang Violence Reduction Unit £15,000 Guaranteed
Brixton is a diverse community at the heart of the London Borough of Lambeth. It has some well known street gangs responsible for several high profile gun and knife crimes.
Beneficiaries of the project will be young women and girls from Lambeth (predominantly the Brixton and Loughborough Junction area). All the girls will typically be aged 10-15 and identified by local schools, youth centres and/or the police as either directly involved in gangs or – by their lifestyle choices and peer associates – as being at serious risk of becoming a victim of youth, sexual and/or gang violence.
In the last year alone, we have delivered 52 Expect Respect Sessions that reached 472 vulnerable young girls from Lambeth in need.
As an ex offender led project, all our Expect Respect caseworkers have ‘lived’ and firsthand experiences of the issues the girls face. This unique credibility makes them best placed and most effective in being able to engage even the very hardest to reach young people.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Current Expect Respect Caseworker.
St Giles Trust SOS Caseworker in Lambeth. Responsible for the development and some delivery of Expect Respect sessions.
Community Services Manager working on St Giles Trust’s wider SOS Gangs Service. Front Line Manager of the Expect Respect Project.