NEWS: Mentoring to keep young people in Essex away from a life of violence

25 March 2020

In Essex, a mentoring scheme has been launched for young people who are at risk of involvement with gangs and violence.  This early intervention project is a great example of how organisations can work in partnership across a local authority to deliver a mentoring scheme.  The partner organisations involved included a local school, a charity - St Giles Trust, and the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner.  

The most at-risk young people in Thurrock have been given one to one mentoring to steer them away from gangs and violence.

Thurrock Council enlisted the help of the St Giles Trust charity to use lived experiences as a way of empowering young people to avoid being exploited or groomed.

They worked with 20 students at Olive Academy, an alternative provision academy which provides a broad curriculum to a diverse group of young people.

The school caters for young people and children who have experienced difficulty in learning for a variety of reasons, as well as offering support to students in mainstream schools who are experiencing difficulties and are at risk of exclusion.

The SOS Project set about raising awareness of the risks of gang related activity to students. 

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