Working with teenage boys and girls through mentoring they have seen great results. They work 1:2:1 with the kids at risk of offending and females at risk of being drawn in to a gang. The mentors are all volunteers and have been doing this for six years. The mentoring sessions involve adventurous activities such as rock climbing, bicycle maintenance and GCSE tutoring sessions. They have running costs of £12K for the year and need to cover volunteers expenses, training, session costs, insurance, sports equipment costs and wages for one part time coordinator who supports the volunteers and mentees.
They operate in Islington, Camden, Hackney and Haringay. www.yesoutdoors.co.uk and as a local business owner who donates to them every year I can vouch for the great work they are doing during a difficult time of a reduction in youth services and budget cuts.
John Wright - www.denis-wright.com