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.
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.
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.