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We have two London-based offices – our HQ in Camberwell, south London and an office in Holloway Road, north London. Both offer a broad range of services helping people overcome adversity, move their lives forward whilst inspiring and supporting others to do the same. Our services include employment services for disadvantaged adults and young people, help for adults with multiple and complex needs and support for vulnerable young people who are being criminally exploited. We utilise lived experience to provide many of these services.
The London Peer Hubs help people who have experienced many different forms of disadvantage to gain the skills and qualifications they need to help others make positive progress. They offer people training to Level 3 in Information, Advice and Guidance whilst they undertake supported work placements with other teams within St Giles Trust and with partner organisations in the sector. The hubs are located in both our north and south London offices.
Through the SOS Project, our teams work in partnership with local authorities across London to help young men and women involved in serious violence, county lines and other types of criminal exploitation. We are the main service provider in the MOPAC- commissioned Rescue and Response project – the first pan-London county lines project. Our team are also embedded in local authority integrated gangs units across London to help support their work. All of our staff have lived experience of the issues facing the young people they help as this makes them highly credible and improves the rate of engagement with what are often extremely vulnerable young people.
We work in partnership with Barts NHS Trust at The Royal London Hospital helping young people who have ben admitted to the Major Trauma Centre as a result of serioius youth violence. Our caseworkers work with the young person to address underlying issues, offer support and advocacy and prevent the likelihood of the young person returning to hospital once discharged.
We have caseworkers based in custody suites to work with young people at risk at point of arrest, offering advocacy and ongoing support to help them access positive opportunities and prevent further involvment with the criminal justice system.
The preventative work carried out through the SOS+ Programme was first developed in London in response to demands from parents in communities affected by knife crime. Our team of specially trained facilitators carry out interactive sessions in schools, colleges, pupil referral units and similar setting across Greater London raising awareness amongst children and young people and also professionals working with them.
We offer a range of services helping adults and young people who have experienced issues such as homelessness, long-term unemployment, involvement in the criminal justice system and other similar barriers get personalised, specialist help to overcome barriers and move their lives forward. This long-standing area of our work also enables other teams with St Giles to refer people to these services.
In work poverty is also a big area which this team works with and they can draw on specialist welfare rights advice to ensure people affected by this issue are getting the support to which they are entitled so they can improve their situations and well being.
Our peer-led approach means we are able to reach the most vulnerable people on the margins of society who may struggle to engage with other services.
We are involved in a cluster of projects in south London which help people who have multiple needs around substance misuse, mental health issues, homelessness and involvement in the criminal justice system. Sourcing suitable housing is a particular challenge in this area of our work. We offer tailored, peer led services which work alongside other agencies to enable people overcome barriers, stabilise their situations and progress towards independence.
We also work with people who have multiple needs to help them move towards employment through the pan-London Peer Circles project. Peer Circles is a Building Better Opportunities Project funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. By offering a peer-led approach we can help improve levels of confidence, self-belief and well-being in individuals to help them move closer towards employment as a long-term goal.
Through the Footsteps Project, we offer specialist services in London for women with autism who are in the criminal justice system. The Footsteps project offers intensive, tailored support working alongside mental health providers to ensure women get the services they need, help the women engage with them whilst providing practical and emotional support. We also offer the prison-based Peer Advisor Programme to women in HMPs Send and Bronzefield in Surrey.
A women-only session is also available through the Peer Circles project described above. Through our work with vulnerable young people involved in or at risk of exploitation we offer support to young women at risk through ensuring they are safe, supported and engaged with other services.
Based at our Camberwell HQ, we have a small team who work internally within St Giles Trust to offer support and expertise across our services on family support issues. We also have staff working on a small number of projects offering support to families affected by gang related issues.