Our support
We fund and support a wide variety of early intervention projects across England and Wales working to prevent youth violence.

Launch grant round


In our launch grant round we awarded a total of £18.1m to 24 projects, working with 36,000 children across England and Wales. Here’s a selection of organisations we’re proud to support.

Projects targeting high-risk young people


Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Our funding is helping Blackburn with Daren Borough Council to roll out its ‘Pause 4 Thought’ pilot to support vulnerable 10 to 14-year olds. The project protects young people by teaching them to recognise the warning signs which could lead to harm, and how to respond effectively to stay out of trouble. Young people are referred to the project through its partners and support services, including local schools, children’s social care, substance misuse services, youth justice teams and police.

Locations: Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale


Lambeth Council with Lambeth Metropolitan Police Service and Juvenis

Our funding supports the delivery of ‘DIVERT Youth’, a programme which helps to make police custody a teachable moment. A young person arrested for the first time in Lambeth will be taken to Brixton or Walworth Road Police custody suit. After they’ve been interviewed and if they consent, they will be met by a trained youth worker from Juvenis. Over the subsequent 12 weeks, the team will work closely with the young person and their family to help them make better life choices, benefit from extra circular activities and – if needed – move back into mainstream education.

Location: London Borough of Lambeth


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

We’re supporting the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to deliver targeted therapeutic support to vulnerable children transitioning between primary and secondary school. Over summer holidays participants and their families/carers benefit from weekly activities and one-to-one counselling to address impulsivity and disruptive behaviour – two characteristics which are risk factors for future involvement in crime and violence.

Locations: London Boroughs of Haringey, Islington and Camden


Family-focused projects


South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

We’re supporting the Trust to develop its Multisystemic Therapy (MST) work and to extend its reach to more at-risk young people. Therapists work intensively with families three times-a-week, helping to build social capital around the parent and using evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy and family therapy to reduce problem behaviours and sustain positive changes.

Locations:  Birmingham, Kirklees, Nottingham and Sandwell


Family Psychology Mutual

We’re funding and evaluating the delivery of ‘Functional Family Therapy’ for young people at risk of gang involvement and exploitation. This involves a therapist working with a young person and their family over a four to five-month period to reduce conflict, build positive relationships and provide a safe environment in which to live.

Location: London Borough of Redbridge


Skills-based learning projects


Roots of Empathy

We’re funding Roots of Empathy for two years to deliver their ‘Nurturing Empathy Before Transition’ programme to 3,000 Year 6 pupils in areas with high levels of youth crime and violence. Over the course of a school year, pupils will be visited by a mother and her baby. Through regular contact and structured lessons, they will learn to reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others, build empathy and reduce aggressive behaviour.

Locations: Doncaster, Northamptonshire, Birmingham, Lambeth, Lewisham, Hackney, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Southwark


Community-based projects


Essex Boys and Girls Club

Life-skills sessionWe’re providing funding to expand and evaluate the charity’s established ‘Respect Project’ across England and Wales. It’s a four-month long alternative education programme, utilising outdoor activities and life-skills workshops to help young people (aged 13 to 14) re-engage with their educations and reduce their risk of being excluded.

Locations: Barnsley, Bath and North East Somerset, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bristol, Bury, Doncaster, Lancashire, Manchester, Oldham, Rotherham, Sheffield and Vale of Glamorgan


Sport-based projects


Rugby Football League (RFL)

Rugby League coach and childrenWe’re funding and evaluating the Rugby Football League’s ‘Inspiring Futures’ programme.

The collaboration brings together the charitable foundations of Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors, Leigh Centurions, St. Helens and Huddersfield Giants. They’re working with schools and local crime prevention agencies to provide targeted support to anti-social behaviour hotspots, first-time offenders and young people at high-risk of offending. Activities include rugby league-themed education sessions in schools, life-skills training in the community and intensive family therapy.

Locations:  Hull, Leeds, Warrington, Wigan, Leigh, St. Helen’s and Huddersfield


Empire Fighting Chance

We’re funding the Bristol-based boxing charity to expand its established therapeutic boxing programme to reach an additional 1,500 vulnerable children and young people (aged 10 -14). Pupils are referred to the programme from schools, pupil referral units and local police. They benefit from regular psychological support and mentoring – all as part of non-contact boxing sessions.

Locations: Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Wales


To view the full list of organisations to be awarded funding in our launch grants round, please click HERE.

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