SUCCESS OF KEY4LIFE’S PILOT LONDON PREVENTATIVE PROGRAMME FUNDED BY THE PEOPLE’S POSTCODE TRUST LEADS TO NEW PROGRAMME IN SOUTH WEST LONDON
Following the success of the Key4Life’s London pilot preventative programme funded by The People’s Postcode Trust that saw 79% of the participants into employment, training or meaningful occupation, the charity launched a further preventative programme in South West London at Chelsea FC on 21st February 2018. With the continuing rise of gang warfare and knife crime across the capital, Key4Life aims to tackle the intractable social problem of young adult male offending through the delivery of its effective seven-step rehabilitation programme. The ‘At Risk’ pilot saw 79% of the participants into employment, training or meaningful occupation was made possible by The People’s Postcode Trust who donated £19,875 to Key4Life. Over the duration of 6 months, Key4Life delivered its innovative seven-step model that included:
· Emotional and behavioural change delivered via a series of workshops encompassing Equine-Facilitated Learning, Music, Sport, Personal Development and Employability;
· Mentoring programme whereby each participant was assigned an individual mentor to support them in taking steps into employment and away from crime;
· Work Tasters at one of Key4Life’s partner employers, such as LEON, Gauchos, Willis Towers Watson, Glassworks, Lancaster London Hotel, Mediacom, Camden Garden Centre, and Chaucer;
· Ongoing support in achieving the ultimate goal of getting paid employment.
Eva Hamilton MBE, CEO and Founder of Key4Life, said: “We are delighted with the fantastic results of preventative programme, kindly supported by the People’s Postcode Trust with 79% of the participants into employment, training or meaningful occupation and zero offending. The most significant indication of the London pilot’s success is that Key4Life have been asked by the Metropolitan Police to deliver a new ‘At Risk’ programme in Hammersmith and Fulham to tackle the rise in gang warfare and knife crime, partnering with local police teams and gang officers on the ground.”
“A big thank you to the public who play The People’s Postcode Lottery – they have contributed to the rehabilation of 15 young men in London at risk of going to prison, helping them onto a positive path into employment.”