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Project information

Support young people to be healthy, safe & happy

Redthread supports young people as they journey through adolescence into adulthood. Our innovative health-based projects are delivered by specialist youth workers & help teenagers & young people overcome challenges related to gangs, crime, violence, abuse, sexual exploitation, mental health & so on.


Charity information: Redthread Youth Limited

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  • Need


    Poor mental health (such as anxiety), risky sexual behaviours, violence amongst peers, risks of gang affiliation and unhealthy relationships are risks for all young people in the years between childhood and adulthood. Without guidance & support, these issues can become life-limiting or even life-threatening.

    Health & statutory services often lack the time, expertise & resources to support young people, leaving them feeling confused, rejected & spiralling further into negative cycles.


    Redthread's projects are delivered by specialist youth workers who are experts in supporting young people.

    We support, guide, advise, advocate & mentor. We 'hold the hand' of a young person as they begin to consider the positive change they would like to see in their own lives. We connect young people to the services in a way that makes sense to them & support them to engage.

    We believe that every young person has the potential & the personal resources to find solutions & overcome obstacles.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Supporting young victims of serious violence or exploitation to recover & pursue positive changes


    » Youth workers embedded in the Major Trauma Centre hospitals will meet young people when they attend A&E during the 'teachable moment'
    » Risk assessments & action plans will identify the individual challenges a young person faces & the things they would like to change within their lives
    » Youth workers will make relational referrals to other services, accompanying them the meetings & helping them to engage in a useful way
    » Youth workers & young people will work together for up to 3 months, exploring options & actions they can take to become healthier, safer & happier

    What success will look like

    Young people victims will be supported to achieve positive change & become safer - their risk scores will be reduced after working with Redthread youth workers

    Aim 2

    Supporting young people to take responsibility for their own health & wellbeing


    » Youth workers, CAMHS counsellors & GPs will be available to support young people at the Well Centre, our youth health hub
    » An individual, bespoke programme of health & wellbeing support will be created for each individual, depending on their needs
    » Workshops & 1-to-1 support will help young people understand the role of, & access when appropriate, primary care & other health services
    » Workshops & outreach will be delivered to schools, enabling them to take responsibility for their own mental & physical health before reaching crisis

    What success will look like

    Young people will tell us that they feel more able to take responsibility for their own health & wellbeing and will rate their overall health more highly after working with us

  • Impact


    Long-term, reducing the risks of violence and exploitation will lead to an improvement in physical health and quality of life. Fewer re-attendances at A&E for the young people who worked with Redthread youth workers will demonstrate this. Young people who participate will engage with more services and more successfully, to meet their goals - even those who have struggled to work with other services in the past.


    Inadequate funding will hinder us from providing the in-depth, quality youth work we are so proud of, to as many young people as possible. We have recently recruited a fundraising manager to design & implement a fundraising strategy & diversify our income to mitigate this risk.

    A lack of appropriate & well-funded services will make our work very difficult, as we aim to connect young people with others who can help.. We keep a comprehensive list of appropriate services & update this regularly.


    We will send quarterly e-newsletters to those who wish to hear from us, reporting on the, challenges, successes & things that we have learnt, &sharing the stories of some of our young people.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Youth workers Salaries of specialist youth workers providing expert support, guidance & mentoring to young people
  • Background


    Redthread's projects currently run across London. Youth workers are based in the Major Trauma Centre hospitals & support any eligible young person who attends A&E, regardless of where they live.

    The Well Centre is based in Streatham, south London, and largely supports young people from the boroughs of Lambeth & Southwark.

    We plan to pilot the Youth Violence Intervention Programme outside London for the first time this year. We hope to establish a youth work team in Nottingham by 2018.


    Any young person who has become a victim of violence, abuse or exploitation and has attended a Major Trauma Centre A&E can benefit from the Youth Violence Intervention Programme. 50% of the young people we support are aged 11-18, and 50% are 19-25. Around 80% of the young people we meet in the hospitals are male as they are more likely to become victims of violence. Around 75% are stab victims.

    The Well Centre is a universal service & can be accessed by any young person aged 13-20.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Redthread has over 15 years' experience delivering dynamic youth work programmes in health settings. Our youth workers are all experts in supporting young people; they are AMBIT trained and take a trauma-informed, asset and solution-based approach to practise.

    Over the years we have built very strong relationships with hospitals, GP practises, police, statutory services & other organisations with whom we work. These allow us to provide holistic support to young people in ways others cannot.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Lucy is team leader King's College Hospital. She believes in the potential of each young person to thrive & encourages her team to learn everyday.


    Makiya supports young people at the Well Centre & runs the youth participation programme, giving young people a voice & supporting them to grow.