poverty_BannerWe adopt a rare, individual-focused approach to youth work, with 1:1 support for local young people at risk of social exclusion or crime.

  • mentor individuals who have had contact with the police, are absent or underperforming in schools, or who are in prison. Our youthworkers currently mentor about 20 individuals, and undertake 3 or 4 prison visits a month;
  • work to reduce gang and individual hostility by fostering self worth and communication through social interaction projects. We run sessions to give youth the opportunity for positive social interaction including weekly football competitions with at risk young men between the ages of 11-24, residentials, outings, music andmedia workshops.


“If I didn’t decide to participate in the youth sessions,trips out as a volunteer, I dont know what I’d be doing; I ain’t psychic, but I can tell you this for free, I’d be more involved in negative activities then i could imagine.”

Gothan Akolba is 20 and has had three years of mentoring and support in the youth Social Inclusion Project.


The following film was produced, looking at the work Jason Allen does, supported by the friends of St Mary’s

Our aim is to build positive relationships with local young people at risk of social exclusion to:

  • divert anti
  • social behaviour
  • explore values and decision-making
  • improve self-esteem
  • offer support and constancy
  • promote interdependence
  • strengthen community and citizenship
  • challenge injustice.

Please contact Jason Allen for further information about funding or volunteering

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