St Giles Trust works with vulnerable and disadvantaged families who have fallen through society’s safety net. Many of them have one family member involved in the criminal justice system in some way – such as a parent in prison – with those left on the outside struggling to cope. We work with the whole family to help them overcome any barriers and move towards independence. Preventative work with children and families is also a key feature of our work in the SOS Project and Choices Programme.
Children and Families Support
Gamechangers - London, Leeds and Cardiff
Supported by Barclays, Gamechangers helps excluded families who are struggling to cope. Many of them are already known to many statutory agencies but are not working properly with them due to their high levels of need. This is where Gamechangers comes in. Our caseworkers offer patient, persistent support to help the families engage with the support on offer and help navigate all the different services. These can be bewildering for many of families helped through Gamechangers as they are already struggling to cope and experiencing extreme disadvantage. Our support includes helping with housing, looking for work or training, managing debts as well as accessing services helping with substance misuse and domestic abuse. It can also offer support around family mediation and discussions with schools. By offering such intensive support we are able to help the family move forward to tackle their underlying problems and thus minimise the impact of these on the children.
Over years of delivering our SOS Gangs project, it has become evident that gang involvement by one young person can have effects on the rest of their family. Sometimes problems within the family need addressing to help the young person leave crime. SOS can offer support to the wider family to help with any issue which might be putting other family members at risk from gang involvement or reprisals. Work around family mediation, resolving conflicts and practical support – particularly with housing difficulties - is a large feature of this work.
Our Choices Programme works with disadvantaged young people not in the criminal justice system but at risk of becoming so. Our aim is to prevent them from progressing down a path of crime through support to boost their skills, confidence and employability and ultimately find work.