FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS
Part of the Inclusion Work taking place at Salmon is a supportive programme for young offenders between the ages of 12-17 sponsored by the LYO (London Youth Offer) and working in partnership with the YOT (Youth Offending Team). The initiative helps young people get their life back on track.
At Salmon we work with a strong team of key workers who engage on a one to one basis with young offenders. This includes bringing the young people together as a group to participate in social events and trips, helping the young people to build their confidence. Discussion-centred sessions allow young people to connect and reflect on their situation.
This group is now in its second year of running at Salmon. While most of the young people in the inclusion group are referred to us by the YOT, members of the Salmon Youth Centre also have access to this provision. Workers have found that by supporting the families of young offenders we can uproot the problems and help them move on with their lives.
"I feel that young offenders deserve a second chance to change their life around and should always be aware and take advantage of these supportive programmes that are put in place. Because it’s not about rehabilitation – it’s about opportunities; changing one’s mindset and taking charge of your life."
James Davis, Youth Worker Inclusion
FOR THOSE NOT IN EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT OR TRAINING
The Salmon Youth Centre also works with young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), which is part of Inclusion Work. For each of the young people involved we provide a tailor-made programme, including:
- Working towards employment
- CV writing
- Job searching
- College applications
- Prepare the young people for work, through AQAs and mock interview training
- Helping young people source work experience placements
To be able to equip young people to gain employment or training opportunities, we also support them in their personal development. We do this through befriending, mentoring, support and advice, individual action plans and goal setting.