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Displaying items by tag: Young People

Artlink Central are an arts agency working across Central Scotland, based in Sterling, engaging artists in communities.

They have a focus on developing evidence-based practice in the following areas:

  • Arts and Health
  • Arts and Disability
  • Arts in Prisons
  • Arts and Young People

They work across art forms in both institutional and community-based settings, working closely with artists, statutory and voluntary sector agencies and with people accessing their artistic programme.

Programmes specific to the criminal justice system include:

1. Creative Practice in Prisons  - Evolving new programme supporting women centred practice by artists in prisons focussing initially on HMP Cornton Vale.

2. Forthways – This is a new Creative Public Service design programme exploring how referral pathways can support people in prisons and in communities to access creative opportunities to support them to reduce chances of reoffending.

3. Scottish Prison Arts Network – You can support this new organisation as a partner and play a strong strategic and practical role in establishing and growing this emerging network of practice to raise the profile and quality of arts practice in criminal justice in Scotland.

Published in User-Voices Practice



Trelya provides positive interventions into the lives of the hardest to reach children and young people in West Cornwall.

They believe that high quality, proactive, preventative work can make an incredible difference to the futures of children at risk of social exclusion. They have many projects that aim to motivate children and young people into a programme of positive activities where they can build confidence and self-esteem.

They aim to be a place where children can have fun and engage in opportunities they normally wouldn't have access to, but also to be a place where children can seek the support they need through holistic support on all issues they might face such as substance misuse, homelessness, debt and sexual health.

Published in User-Voices Practice



Ment4 provides one-to-one specialist mentoring for teenagers - mainly 14 to 17 years old - with behavioural challenges.

They help those who are involved in crime or vulnerable to it, as well as long-term non-attenders, those excluded from schools and those who are judged as particularly vulnerable by Social Services by running six month programmes where mentors spend up to ten hours a week with their assigned young people, one-on-one, working through problematic thinking, helping them choose goals and committing to achieving them.

For those struggling in education, they help identify causes of difficulties and work with teaching staff to build long-term stability in behaviour and attendance. Alongside this, they work closely with families, giving them support, encouragement and coaching boundaries, where necessary.

Practically speaking, mentors at Ment4 attend court meetings, meet teachers, set up training and employment appointments, and chat time and again over milkshakes and air hockey tables. Through these, they aim to build trust, respect, opportunities and hope for the future.

Check out their resources here

Published in User-Voices Practice

Street Doctors


Street Doctors teach high-risk young people to deliver life saving first aid skills. They teach these young people the essential knowledge about dealing with stab and gun wounds, the basic biology behind them, and how to stay calm before help arrives.

In their workshops, that last between one and two hours, the Street Doctors aim to educate the high-risk youth with essential knowedge but also hope to change their attitudes towards violent crime and carrying weapons in the first place.

The charity was started in 2008 by two young medical students, however it has continued to grow and receive more support and is now available in most major English cities. 



Published in Health Practice

Established by a group of homeless people, Single Homeless Project  SHP began with one property in Pimlico in 1977. Today they provide a wide range of accommodation and support services to 6,000 people a year across 22 London boroughs. 

Their wide range of services aim to:

  • Minimise harm from substance misuse and helping people access appropriate treatment
  • Work with the criminal justice system to break offending patterns and help offenders re-integrate into the community
  • Support people with mental ill health who are leaving hospital or facing exclusion from other services
  • Support young people to develop the skills they need to manage their own tenancies
  • Enable all clients to grow in confidence and develop appropriate life skills



Published in Housing Practice

Chaos Theory


Chaos Theory is a violence prevention organisation that aims to engage those most likely to be involved in violence, as either perpetrator or victim within the serious street and gang-related violence arena.

The charity's mission is to reduce shootings, stabbings and killings whilst challenging and changing the social norms that view violence as acceptable.

The organisation is one of only a handful of violence prevention interventions focused on 18-25 year olds and aims to provide an immediate, in-the-moment, intervention in crisis situations that could result in violence. They do so by:

  • Intervening in crisis using specialist high risk mediation skills
  • Helping individuals deal with 'in the moment' stressful events or shooting without shooting/stabbing
  • Organising and mediating conflicts between individuals and/or groups
  • Preventing larger scale events or retaliatory violence before it occurs
  • Providing ongoing behaviour change and support to individuals using outreach services.
Published in User-Voices Practice



Headliners is a unique charity which inspires and encourages the personal development of young people through journalism.

Young people are trained to research and produce stories on issues important to them for publication and broadcast in national and local newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online.

Headliners put young people at the centre and let them get involved in decision making at every level. They assist other organisations to develop participation strategy by training adults and young people in areas such as the recruitment of staff, business planning and influencing policy in their communities.

Young people from Headliners can become trustees after the age of 18 and are able to research issues and produce stories for publication and broadcast in the mainstream media. Impressively, recent work includes broadcasts for Sky News and BBC Radio 4, and publication in The Guardian, local newspapers and websites covering issues such as gang wars, HIV/AIDS and size zero women.

Published in User-Voices Practice

Depaul UK


Depaul UK helps young people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Depaul works with the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and specialise in working in communities where poverty and long-term unemployment have resulted in generations of social exclusion and high rates of homelessness.

They have 38 varied and complimentary projects based around the UK that work with young people to tackle homelessness at every level. They also run Depaul Nightstop UK, the affiliated body for over 45 Nightstop schemes across the UK which offer emergency short term accommodation in the homes of local volunteers on a night by night basis.

They aim to:

  • Protect young people by finding them a place to call home.
  • Prevent young people becoming homeless by rebuilding family relationships and offering through the gate support to young offenders.
  • Provide young people with opportunities to progress beyond homelessness and fulfil their potential.

They also run The Depaul Box Company, where they sell sets of boxes fit for moving your home in with all of the profits going helping young homeless people.

Published in Housing Practice

Alone in London is a youth homelessness charity that has been supporting young people since 1972. They provide a range of services to young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and last year engaged with over 2,000 people to achieve this.

Their information service provides initial advice and information on what to do if you are homeless or about to become homeless and will direct you to services in your area. They can also provide 1-2-1 sessions with an advisors, who will find out about young people's circumstances and talk you through their future options.

Published in Housing Practice

Soft touch arts works with young people, using arts, media and music activities, to inspire and engage them to develop creative, social and employability skills in Leicester. For example:

  • During 2011-2012 they worked with 1,131 young people, of whom 95 per cent lived in deprived neighbourhoods
  • Their street-based creative engagement work has reached 850 young people in 3 years
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