SOS Project

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

United Kingdom
Impact indicators


  • 142 participants gained Level 3 qualifications or above in 2015.

  • Among all people beneficiated by the organisation in 2015, 280 obtained paid jobs and sustained them for at least 26 weeks. 161 progressed into voluntary placements and 1,528 went into further education, training and employment support.  

  • The SOS programme directly employs 27 ex-offenders. 

  • Since 2006, SOS has helped over 3,000 young people to break free from gangs, gun and knife crime.  



  • The rate of reoffending among participants is around 12%, compared to a national average of 75%.


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).