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Are you in a gang and want to get out?
Don't know who to talk to?

There are many organisations and people out there who can help you, and sometimes it's easier to talk to them than to those around you. Just read on to find useful links for people that are trained and willing to help you in the boroughs of Camden, Southwark, Croydon and Haringey...

These guys can help provide you with the support you need, whether it's just someone to talk to or even if you're just looking for something to do that doesn't involve your gang. They offer a unique text service which provides you on information on the various activities going on in Southwark and Hackney. Why not go and play some basketball or attend an event. it's free, and a perfect way to get some time away from the gang.
Just text 'GATES' to 82055 or call the helpline on 0800 458 9109.

This site provides videos and information on all things concerning life as a young person in London; from gangs to sex, to race and culture, and even has a 'random rant' section.

This organisation helps young offenders, or those 'at risk of offending' by providing training courses and personal development through sport, art and one to one classes.


'Off the Street, Less Heat':
'Off the Street, Less Heat' is a youth diversion project which provides sports and other facilities to distract young people from anti-social behaviour, gang related violence and street crime. The project also aims to improve the relations between the police and the local community.
Contact - between 8pm and midnight:
Alexis Jagdeo
(Senior Project Officer, Neighbourhood Management)

'SOS Gangs Project':
St Giles Trust. The client age group is typically 18-31 years of age and is primarily targeted at those completing sentences at Kent Prisons with a Southwark Connection.
Programme delivery: The SOS Project is essentially a bespoke 'through the gates' mentoring programme which is tailor made to suit the needs of the individual. Through the project clients receive positive support, information, advice, guidance and advocacy which enable clients to dissolve criminal associations and make positive lifestyle choices. The project works holistically with all support networks - for example Youth Offending Team's (YOT), Probation, Social Services, Criminal Justice System, and also parents to produce positive outcomes for the individual and the community. Referrals are made by the individual.
Evan Jones at Evan.jones@stgilestrust.org.uk or
Junior Smart at Junior.smart@stgilestrust.org.uk.
Telephone: 0207-703-7000. Wesite: www.stgilestrust.org.uk


'Gangs Disruption Project':
This project is designed to address gang activity with known gang members and those with an association with gangs. The programme also delivers preventative programmes in schools and the community. Southwark Youth Offending Team (YOT) Young people who are subject to statutory orders and those who have been identified as being a risk of or are associating with gangs. The project also targets young people in primary and secondary schools in LB Southwark, as a preventative measure.
Amanda Drayton on 020 7525 7939 or

'Kids Company':
Kids Company is a charity which provides emotional and practical support to children to bring about positive changes to their lives. The services offered by Kids Company include psychotherapy, education, art, sports and hot meals, as well as practical support such as accompanying them to youth courts, finding accommodation and advocacy with mental health teams. The Arches II, a drop-in centre, is open six days a week and meals are provided three times a day. Clothes and basis necessities are also provided, as is social work, special educational support, medical and psychiatric intervention. Kids Company also works in schools offering therapy, social work and group activities to prevent children from leaving school or becoming excluded. The organisations works in 25 inner city schools in London, and also has post-16 educational programme, the Urban Academy. The organisation has an average of 661 volunteers annually, of whom approximately 161 are social work and therapy trainees, and the other 500 are drawn by city companies.
Contact: Karen Stenning on 0845 644 6838 or info@kidsco.org.uk

From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation (FBMF):
FBMF is an independent school having received Ofsted independent school status in September 2004. Its was founded in 1997, in response to requests from parents and the community to provide support for black boys of African and Afro-Caribbean descent who were in danger of or were already educationally and socially excluded. FBMF provides a service for black boys aged 12 - 17 years and Young men 17-21 in its “Lifestyle Management Programmes”. Students are referred by schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU's), Youth Offending Team's (YOT), Social Services, Criminal Justice System, parents and self-referrals.
Uanu Seshmi on 020 7703 6415 or uanu_seshmi@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.usatfbmf.com

Violent Crime Project:
This project aims to make young people aware of the consequences of violent crime, and in particular any violent crime that constitutes a 'schedule one' offence. Southwark Youth Offending Team (YOT). Young people aged 8-13 years in Southwark schools.
Amanda Drayton on 020 7525 7939 or
The project is delivered by one staff member using drama-based groupwork to explore the definition of violence and its impact and consequences on young people's lives


Kentish Town Community Organisation:
We provide a range of fun and engaging programs for local youth that are substantive and readily accessible, designed and delivered by the youth for the youth. Our programmes include regular sports, home-work classes, drugs awareness projects, careers advice and business skills work shops.
Contact: Telephone 020 7267 6635 or info@ktco.org.uk

Camden Calling:
Camden Calling is a new social enterprise hosting live music events that feature homeless and vulnerable people alongside proffesional musicians. All of our events are part planned, produced, performed and promoted by our group members. Funds raised by Camden Calling is reinvested back into the project and the personal development of our members.
Alexis Brooks 07815 61 99 33
alexis@camdencalling (DOT) org

Camden's Youth Disorder Engagement Team
Highlighted in the government's plan as an example of good practice, Camden's Youth Disorder Engagement Team could become a blueprint for the way local authorities deal with young people's offending behaviour.
Working in partnership with the police, and related agencies including the Youth Engagement Team, Safer Neighbourhood Team, Youth Offending Team, social services, truancy patrol, schools and youth clubs, Nakuja Guyan and Scott Fry are at the frontline of this pioneering approach.


You talk, they'll listen. This is a free service offered in Croydon for young people who would like to discuss the issues affecting their lives.
Just call 020 8680 0404 or drop an email to
enquiries@croydondropin.org.uk for an appointment, or visit the website to find out the 'drop in' times.


If you are a parent who is concerned that your child may be getting involved in gangs, these organisations will be able to offer you advice on how to help your child.

Just call 0808 800 2222. All calls are free and confidential.

Providing advice and counselling to mothers across the country regarding violence amongst young people and campaigning for better education and facilities to keep our young people away from crime.
You can also call the Dodge the Bullet Helpline on 08450 662 4867.

This site offers useful information on spotting the signs of gang activity, and also a way to tackle it. To discuss your concerns or to seek advice, just call the Helpline on 0800 458 9109

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