Since February 2015, at Safer London we’ve been bringing together 12 organisations across London, all with similar aims of creating safe pathways for young people wishing to:
- exit gangs
- stop criminal and anti-social behaviour
- prevent younger generations from getting involved in gangs
- build skills and raise aspirations for better choices.
This initiative, called the Path Programme, has brought together these 12 organisations in Camden, Lambeth and Brent, with the goal of increasing their impact – so that each organisation can have more of an effect than if they were working alone.
This was in conjunction with a grant programme delivered by the London Community Foundation, and Safer London’s coordination role was to give the fund a longer-term element, setting it apart from a more straightforward grants programme.
For the first time, we are pleased to present the 12 Path Programme organisations in all their glory, and introduce what they do, changing the lives of young people in London. Or, click the image at the top of the page to download a brochure about all 12 organisations, including how to refer.
High Trees Community Development Trust – Lambeth
High Trees Community Development Trust has three focused elements, which make up its path programme:
- Coaching – young people aged 14-24 can refer themselves, or be referred to a coach/youth worker
- Sports sessions and youth club – safe, weekly sessions in partnership with other youth organisations in delivery
- Tulse Hill stakeholder forum – a quarterly meeting for statutory and voluntary providers to network and learn from one another.
Options4Change – Lambeth
Options4Change offers young people pathways out of group offending, and routes into meaningful engagement. They do this by raising aspirations and enabling personal development. Interventions include:
- Multi agency working
- Personal development workshops
- Individual and whole family welfare support
Code 7 – Lambeth
Code 7 is a music project in Lambeth. Their ethos is built around using music as the hook to engage young people, gaining trust and learning about their needs, and supporting them via training, mentoring or referrals. Staff and volunteers begin to work with each individual – identifying the barriers they face to living positively which may include gaining qualifications at the studio, getting back into school, getting a job – whatever that individual needs
Springfield Community Flat – Lambeth
Springfield Community Flat is a small charity, providing advice and support for vulnerable people living in Lambeth and surrounding areas. Services include help with debt, benefits, finding work, housing problems and advice for asylum seekers and other migrants. Provides a creche with early years sessional care, breakfast club and after school club for primary age children. They also conduct outreach work, in order to draw more of the gang-involved young people (particularly girls) living on the Springfield and Larkhall estates into mentoring and personal development opportunities at the Springfield Community Flat youth service.
Gospel Oak Action Link (GOAL) – Camden
GOAL delivers services in a severely deprived area of North West London, for young people who are ‘at risk’, not in education, employment or training (NEET), young offenders and young people with mental health problems. The purpose of the Path Programme is to provide a dedicated session for 25 gang-involved young people per year to access information, advice and guidance from youth workers who will support them to access the services they need.
Only Connect – Camden
Only Connect is London’s creative criminal justice charity, with a vision of a more connected society, where we all choose a crime free life. They deliver programmes across the justice system to build relationships, grow skills and cut crime. Only Connect is a partner of the Camden and Islington Integrate project, based on the model developed by MAC-UK. The project provides mental health support to gang affected young people aged 25+ in the King’s Cross and Islington areas. Only Connect’s link worker will connect with affected gang members who come into one of the secure estates we are working in to give them support and re-refer them to the Integrate project. N.B. The multi-agency partnership will also comprise Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Camden Council, Islington Council, Catch22 and MAC-UK.
Pan Intercultural Arts – Camden
Pan Intercultural Arts (Pan) uses the arts to empower young people and unlock their potential. Pan runs three main programmes: Arts Against Violence, Refugee Youth Arts and International Theatre for Development. Weapon of Choice is Pan’s Arts Against Violence theatre group, offering creative and thought-provoking programmes, usually delivered during 10 week residencies in schools, pupil referral units or through the youth offending service. WOC facilitators and artists are trained and experienced, and include past participants. Participants may be struggling in mainstream education, may be known to the youth justice system and often need time and space to reflect, create and discover an interest in a positive activity.
PLIAS Resettlement – Brent
PLIAS Resettlement specialises in supporting the resettlement of offenders. They work in two London prisons and provide post-release support for those returning to Brent, Harrow and other West London Boroughs. The risks of reoffending are reduced by supporting people to improve their lives, and move into Education, Training & Employment. Their Pathway Project comprises 12-months bespoke personal development, employability, vocational & ‘soft’ skills training for young people aged 16-25 in Brent who are:
- Involved in a gang
- At risk of joining a gang
- At risk of offending/re-offending
- Want to leave a gang
Beyond Youth – Brent
Beyond Youth CIC has been delivering the eight session Chance 2 Change programme to offenders, and those at risk of offending, in both prison and community settings for over 10 years. C2C uses the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in a group setting with the aim of helping individuals to understand the ultimately change their own behaviour and motivations. For Path we are delivering a specific girls & gangs programme which will provide therapeutic intervention to tackle underlying emotional issues that are driving and influencing behaviours and decision making.
Your Story – Brent & Lambeth
YourStory works with vulnerable young people and their families to raise their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. Projects include:
- The Hampton Project – An alternative provision that works specifically with young offenders and those at risk of offending aged 14 -16. Students are offered a combination of GCSE’s, Functional Skills and BTECs in a range of subjects.
- Gifted and Talented programme – A tailored 6 month – 1 year mentoring programme that works specifically with Gifted and Talented young people who may be on the fringes of gang involvement and social exclusion.
PAE Project, MAC-UK – Brent & Camden
PAE (Positive Adolescent Engagement) project is MAC-UK’s first peer-led, mental health informed intervention, established to engage disadvantaged young people aged 11 to 15 living in parts of Camden. It is delivered by ex-service users, giving them a unique position as a positive role model for young people. Through working in partnership with local agencies, the service aims to support young people in resisting gang culture and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing
Just For Kids Law – Brent, Lambeth & Camden
Just For Kids Law delivers client-led holistic representation and support to vulnerable children and young people, from crisis to stability, and onwards into independence. This is delivered through innovative youth advocacy, specialist legal representation, and youth opportunities programme. Our Path Youth Advocate works with young people who are at risk of, or are involved in, gang affiliation to address all of the interrelated problems they face. The youth advocate then works with the young person on their instruction and at their pace, designing an ‘individual’ package of support that covders all areas of need.
For more information about each of the groups, the work they do with young people, and how to refer, you can download the Path Programme brochure.
If you have any questions about the Path Programme, or our Training, Consultancy and Coordination work, please contact Emily Sethi, Business Development Manager at Safer London, on email@example.com or 020 7021 0301.