What is it?
Project Future is a community based holistic and youth-led, mental health and wellbeing service situated in Haringey. It seeks to transform the delivery of mental health for young men aged 11-25 years old who are involved in offending, have experiences of the criminal justice system, and specifically for those exposed to serious youth violence or labelled ‘gang-affiliated’.
Funded by the Big Lottery, the project is a partnership between Mind in Haringey, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust, and Haringey Council and has been co-produced by the young people themselves: young men who are entrenched in cycles of poverty and offending, and who are not able to access regular services.
How does it work?
It is primarily a wellbeing service in which evidence-based psychological interventions are delivered to young people in accessible ways. The project is accessed by peer referral only, helping create an environment where young people feel comfortable and safe. At Project Future young people are appointed as experts in their own lives and in the community. They are consulted at every level of the project and are responsible for co-producing a service that best meets the needs of themselves and their peers.
The project is facilitated by a team of clinical psychologists, specialist youth workers and local young people, ‘community consultants’. Together they provide a supportive and nurturing environment for young people to thrive in by addressing their mental health, wellbeing and occupational needs. The service provides bespoke interventions that are tailored to the individual needs of young people, to ultimately improve wellbeing, facilitate rehabilitation and reduce the risk of future offending.