About Youth Unity

Youth Unity CIC is a “not for profit” organisation established to provide effective help and support to vulnerable young people and adults affected by group violence (gangs), drugs and other forms of exploitation such as human trafficking, CSE and extremism. We work in collaboration with statutory organisations, commissioned services and charities to provide a more cohesive approach to solutions.

We focus on improving opportunities for all, especially young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our overall belief is that by helping to improve the overall health and well-being of an individual they can make better informed choices and decisions.

We offer mentoring, workshops and training for young people, professionals, parents and carers.

Our focus is Early Intervention and Identification of those ‘at risk’ from Serious Youth Violence, Criminal Exploitation and associated vulnerability strands such as mental health and SEN.

This is consistent with the Government’s 4P approach.This strategy effectively coordinates joint working to reduce the levels of vulnerability affecting our local communities.

It uses the framework often referred to as the 4Ps (Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare) and strengthens a partnership approach to safeguarding our most vulnerable and tackling offenders.

OUR MISSION

PREVENT

People becoming involved in SYV, being exploited participating in violence.

PREPARE

To effectively mitigate risks through preventative measures and innovative creative media early intervention. Our aim is to kick start conversations, build resilience and inspire change  around complex social issues.

PROTECT

To strengthen adults and young people by building their emotional and cognitive (thinking) resilience, better enabling them to ‘say no’ to violence, drugs, crime and other forms of vulnerability.We work with statutory services, education, police, social care, LSCBs, charities, LA’s, to deliver productions, workshops and training for young people and adults across the UK.             

OUR ETHOS

Our ethos is that all young people deserve the right to be treated fairly as individuals irrespective of their age, gender, race, religion, ability or background.

As an organisation our aim is to ensure that young people thrive and reach their full potential ensuring they are fully equipped for the next steps in their adult lives.

Mentoring

Our mentoring and gangs exit work continues to offer safe solutions to engaging and helping young people to understand the consequences of serious youth violence and gang associations. Our gang exit program has successfully reintegrated many young people into a more sustainable life style choices.

Outreach Work

Our outreach work creates a safer place to live, work and visit. The impact has contributed to a reduction in serious youth violence victims, exploitation and community response. Strong and sustainable local networks of community members that have a shared commitment to understanding a blue print and vision for reducing violence. We are constantly testing new initiatives to tackle serious youth violence.

Community Development

Community development is all about working with local communities and the people that live in them. We organise community events that work alongside statutory organisations to deliever projects that connect and provide reassurance to the community, bringing different cultures and ages together to form community cohesion through the use of the Arts, Music, Film and Sports.

Film Production / Podcasting

Over the past few years Youth Unity has brought together young people to help empower them to create produce inspiring short films. Young people are taught to use the medium of film to explore issues that affect society and the communities that they live in. We also have a podcast called YUPOD that host a variety of podcast and interviews directed and produced by young people.

Conferences and Webinars

Our online webinars and discussions provide an opportunity to learn and engage with experts and peers. Youth Unity are often called to present at conferences locally and at national level. Our conferences are solution focused and provide a voice to the communties we support.

Training & Development

With our experience working with young people that may have a variety of vulnerability strains we have developed programs that focus on the solutions to these challenges. These workshops have contributed to the change in many young people choosing to live a more positive lifestyle.