SOS Project

Country: 
United Kingdom
Promoters: 
Junior Smart, St Giles Trust.
Recognitions: 
Top 10 companies to work for, The Sunday Times (2015). Best Advice and Guidance Project, Charity Awards (2014). Longford Prize (2014). Ashoka Fellowship (2008).

A holistic peer-to-peer mentoring programme run by ex-offenders that helps former prisoners reintegrate back into society and prevents young people from getting involved in crime. It not only contributes to cut re-offending rates, but also impacts the mentors themselves, who develop their skills and employment prospects.

Impact indicators

Outputs:

  • Between 2015 and 2017, over 500 prisoners were trained as Peer Advisors.

  • In 2015, 38% of St Giles Trust’s staff involved in the SOS Project were ex-offenders.

 

Impacts:

  • Between 2006 and 2009, Peer Advisors helped over 3,000 young people to break free from crime. Re-offending rates in programmes are 40% lower than the national re-offending rate, representing a cost-benefit ratio of 1:10.

Implementation progress

In 2017, the initiative was presented in Athens within the framework of the Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI) project to explore its local implementation.

Última actualización 2020