Doing Life Differently
Our ground-breaking Perspectives Project exists to empower, educate and mentor young men caught up in the Criminal Justice System. Inspired by our Christian faith, our support encourages them to make positive choices, lead crime free futures and experience fullness of life in body, mind and spirit.
We believe in developing relationships with every individiual, supporting healing and restoration and speaking freedom into their lives.
Working with young men 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 and teach core skills including decision making, action planning, interacting with others, body language and positive communication.
- Mentoring: In association with Dorset, Devon and Cornwall CRC, we offer one to one mentoring support for young men on probation as part of their community order. Through mentoring we address key areas: housing; food and finance; mental health and wellbeing; purpose and identity; support networks and contributing to society, including employment.
- Therapeutic activity: Every week we run group activities that support young men as they re-integrate into the community. These activities enable them to connect with nature, experience personal enrichment and build community, and include running our popular allotment project and taking part in cooking groups.
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.
In August 2019 we launched a funding appeal when we hit an unexpected funding challenge for our Perspectives project. However, due to God’s faithfulness and the generosity of our supporters we have now raised the funding we need to continue this project into the new year.
A huge thank you to every individual and church who has got behind our appeal. We will keep our donations link open a little while longer so whether you are an individual or represent a local church or Christian community, please consider pledging your support too.
You can make a donation via the CAF form below, by setting up a BACS transfer or sending a cheque to our main address:
CAF Bank: YMCA Exeter Community Projects
Sort code: 40-52-40, Account number: 00029194
YMCA Exeter, 39/41 St David’s Hill, Exeter, EX4 4DA