Youth and Play


Brothers Against Arms & Sisters Against Arms

This two year innovative project was set up to support a range of local young people who have been affected by gangs, gang affiliation, and associated issues, and to support them in exiting gang culture, whilst also supporting participants to train as mentors, and to in turn support other affected young people to find safe harbour, avoid gang involvement, and make positive life choices. As well as taking part in intensive focussed sessions, young people also lead and deliver workshops for other young people around the city.

Due to the success of the Brothers Against Arms Project, we have been successful in obtaining funding to run a smaller three Month Project called Sisters Against Arms, which is similar in nature, but looks specifically at supporting girls and young women affected by gang issues, and at supporting them to provide workshops with gender differentiation specifically for girls and women at risk form gang issues. As a part of this we will be delivering three exciting practitioner training events in March 2013 (see calendar of events for more details)

Project duration: 2 Years

Funder: Home Office (CAGGK Fund)

Area of work: City Wide, but Young People access sessions hosted in Radford

Age group: 15-24

Type of work: Gang intervention work delivered through focussed workshops, and mentoring.

Project aims:

  • To reduce gang violence
  • To reduce gun and knife crime
  • To support ganga affiliated young people to find safe harbour and exit from gang culture
  • To support young people at risk of gang involvement to avoid it
  • To support young people to develop mentoring skills and designe a mentoring programme to support others
  • To deliver the designed mentoring activity within schools and youth groups

Some of the activities we have undertaken include: Team building workshops, national visits, guest speakers, choices and consequences, mentor training, personal development workshops, activity based challenges, provision of workshops to other young people at risk.


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