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Displaying items by tag: Young People

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



TiPP is an organisation comprised of artists and facilitators who work with groups including young people at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, adult drug users and adult prisoners. Their projects range from half day workshops to long-term residential projects within institutions.

In addition, they have been working with the National Children's Bureau, to help promote the voices, interests and well-being of all children and young people across all aspects of their lives.

Step by Step


Step by Step supports young people aged between 11 and 24 years of age in Surrey, Hampshire and the surrounding area. They offer free drop-in support and advice service for young people, together with a structured, progressive accommodation service including access to emergency shelter accommodation with support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for those with a high level of needs.

Published in Housing Practice

Created and written by a group of young scriptwriters from different parts of London, Out of the Gate aims to highlight the problems faced by young people leaving prison. It is the UK's first online audio soap opera to target a 16-24 yr old audience. Episodes are available to listen to via their website.

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