SOS Project

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.

United Kingdom
Impact indicators


  • 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.



  • 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.


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

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.