Doing Life Differently

Our ground-breaking Perspectives Project exists to empower, educate and mentor young men caught up in the Criminal Justice System. Our support encourages participants to make positive choices and lead crime free futures. Our work is based on restoration through relationship and applies a bespoke person-centred approach to every individual, namely those on community orders, suspended sentences or post-sentence supervision.

There are three key strands to our work:

  • Learning: We run small group community based courses for ex-offenders that focus on personal and interpersonal skills. These courses are accredited through the National Open College Network.
  • Peer Mentoring: In association with Dorset, Devon and Cornwall CRC, we offer one to one peer mentoring support for young men on probation as part of their community order.
  • Meaningful activity: Every week we run group activities that support young men as they re-integrate into the community as well as preparing them for work, including an allotment project and cooking group.

We believe whole heartedly in collaborative working across the community and we work closely with numerous other agencies on the development of a Criminal Justice Pathway at CoLab – Exeter’s multi-agency wellbeing hub. We are also members of the South West Mentor Alliance.

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Contact:
Sam Thomas
Community Projects Manager
E: sam.thomas@ymcaexeter.org.uk