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Project information

SOS Intensive Development Programme

St Giles Trust will provide a six-week intensive programme to high risk young people identified as being at an increased risk of vulnerability, exploitation and violence. The structured programme focuses on building confidence and life skills, assisting them in creating a more positive future.

July 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: St Giles Trust

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  • Need


    Many disadvantaged children and young people (YP) are drawn to gang lifestyles through the promise of money and designer goods. Once in, YP are exposed to serious violence and exploitation, often putting both their own lives and those of their family in danger.
    Leaving a gang is hard. To leave requires intensive support to both protect the YP and build their skills and confidence to enable them to pursue a positive and meaningful route in life away from their former negative lifestyle.


    Our project will use the school summer holidays to provide an intensive 6 week programme to reduce serious violence over the summer break, and enable YP to build a more positive future. Sessions on healthy eating, cooking and budgeting will develop life skills for independence, employability workshops will help make YP job ready, positive activities will build up confidence and resilience, and mentoring will challenge offending behaviour and support YP to exit gang activity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce offending behavior and involvement in gangs.


    » One-to-one mentoring to challenge previous offending behavior and provide indivualised support to safely move YP from current gang involvement.
    » Group sessions to focus on the real risks and dangers of involvement in serious violence and gang lifestyles.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring the number of YP with continued offending behavior and gang involvement.

    Aim 2

    Increase engagement with support services.


    » One-to-one mentoring to assess individual needs of each YP and address any barriers faced e.g. housing, finances, mental and/or physical health.
    » Refer YP to specialist services to ensure they get the additional support they need e.g. employment programmes, mental health services

    What success will look like

    Continued engagement on the project and engagement after referral with specialist external support services.

    Aim 3

    Build skills and confidence to pursue a healthy and positive future.


    » Life skills sessions build independence focusing on healthy eating and cooking, budgeting and time management.
    » Employability sessions to develop CV writing, application techniques and interview skills to move YP closer and into training and employment.
    » Positive activities such as martial arts and music production for confidence and team building, and provide an alternative outlet to violence.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring the number of YP participating in skills sessions and positive activities, and reporting improved confidence in their future.

  • Impact


    The long term change for the YP participating the in project will be they move away from offending behavior and gang involvement, and have the skills and confidence to build a better, positive future.
    This will be demonstrated by YP continuing to engage with St Giles Trust and other support services. Over time the YP will be able to fully exit gangs, secure training and employment opportunities, improve their mental health, develop positive and supportive relationships, and live independently.


    Potential negative dynamics or historic rivalries within the group. There would be a thorough risk assessment of all attendees to mitigate against this and all trips and activities would also be risk assessed.
    Young people dropping off the programme or going missing. Staff to monitor closely and establish family links where possible.
    Staff sickness/absence. St Giles management to draft in additional support staff if required.


    Major donor and corporate supporters will receive a formal project report. Other individuals will receive a smaller update on the impact either as part of our regular newsletter or as a separate mailing. We will also use social media channels to report the impact to our wider supporters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,800 Staff costs 3 x full time staff over 6 week period
      £1,500 Subsistence Food costs for healthy breakfasts for the 6 week period
      £2,000 Celebration Reward trip for participants on the competion of the project
      £1,700 Activity costs Costs for positive activites
  • Background


    The project will work in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


    We'll work with 12 YP identified as high risk due to offending behaviour and gang involvement. The majority of YP will be in pupil referral units, but some may be in mainstream education or not be in education or training. Typically these YP also lack education attainment and qualifications, have low aspirations, have experience of drug and alcohol abuse, have experience of abuse and/or exploitation, have poor mental and/or physical health, or lack support networks and positive relationships.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    St Giles Trust has a strong track record of providing effective support to children and young people caught up in and at risk of gangs and serious violence. Last year our support enabled nearly 300 young people to safely exit gang activity.
    We believe in the power of lived experience. Our staff understand the YP as they themselves have ‘been there’, and YP people can trust and engage with our staff as they understand them more than any other agency. Our support is authentic and credible.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Elroy Palmer

    Elroy will work as the project manager for the duration of the 6 week project.

    Moses Fakolade

    Moses provide Case week and co-ordinate activities for the duration of the project.

    Caseworkers And Peer Advisors

    We will also have additional Caseworkers and Peer Advisors to work with the YP for the duration of the project.