"When I first came into prison, I didn’t know what to expect, it was all an overwhelming experience." Show More.

"When I first came into prison, I didn’t know what to expect, it was all an overwhelming experience." Show More.

St Giles Midlands

We offer services across the Midlands helping people overcome barriers and access the services they need to progress their lives. Working in custody and in the community based, our peer-led approach underlines this work and is borne out by the fact that many of the team have first-hand experience of the issues facing the clients they are supporting.

Peer Hub Midlands

The Peer Hub Midlands helps 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. Located in Coventry, the Hub helps people across the Midlands

The aims of the Peer Hubs are:

  • To help people who have overcome adversity in their lives to improve their skills and access employment opportunities
  • To add value to the work of other local partners through enabling them to benefit from the Peer Advisors we train
  • To reach some of the most vulnerable people in local communities, especially those who do not usually respond to offers of help, through credible services from someone to whom they can relate

More information on the Peer Hubs is available here.

Work with vulnerable young people involved in or at risk of serious violence

Supported by West Midlands PCC through the Early Intervention Youth Fund, we work in two hospitals in the West Midlands to support young people who have been admitted to A&E and the major trauma unit as a result of serious violence.  The caseworkers help to address the underlying causes which led to the young person being admitted in the first place with the aim of preventing them returning to risky situations once discharged and linking them with opportunities that can support positive change. We will also be working in police custody suites to offer help to young people at risk, addressing the causes of their behaviour and preventing issues from escalating further. This is the first project of its kind in the region.

We are also working in partnership with the Wolverhampton Youth Team supporting young people at risk to help them gain positive control over their lives and stay safe.

Work in prisons through the Peer Advisor Programme

We offer the Peer Advisor Programme in ten prisons across the Midlands, training serving prisoners under the Programme who then help other inmates with resettlement issues, helping them successfully transition into the community once released. We also offer a meet at the gate service to men experiencing complex and multiple disadvantages who are being released from HMP Leicester and returning to the local area.