New funding will help steer young people clear of crime, exploitation and anti-social behaviour
The funding will enable our Ipswich Team to further develop its work through the Jubilee Mentoring Project offering mentoring support to young people aged between 11-19 years old in Ipswich. Building on the project’s ethos of using specially-trained former service users to become peer mentors, St Giles Trust will now be able to recruit a caseworker with direct experience of the criminal justice system who can be a credible role model to disadvantaged young people. The grant will also expand the project further across Ipswich.
Over 12 months, the project will help 16 young people who need intensive mentoring support and reach many more through the preventative work in schools. It is a partnership project working closely with a range of agencies including the police, Ipswich Borough Council, the Youth Offending Service and Pupil Referral Units.
“We are delighted that we have been able to continue and expand this vital work. All the evidence shows that early interventions to steer away young people at risk of getting involved crime, gangs and drugs have long-term benefits both for themselves and the wider community. In our experience, these interventions are best provided by those who know best how to help – those who have first-hand experiences of these issues which they can use to connect with some of the most disengaged young people who do not usually respond to offers of help and support. We are looking forward to working in Ipswich and continuing to make a difference.”