We are currently helping to raise money for a new and incredibly rewarding initiative at St Mary’s Major Trauma Centre (MTC) in Paddington.
The Youth Violence Intervention Project, launching in October 2014, has been set up in a bid to help tackle the growing health problem surrounding youth and gang violence in London.
Of the 2500 calls received by the major trauma centre every year, about 500 of these are young patients aged 11 to 25 who are victims of violence, including stab and gunshot wounds.
The MTC have partnered with youth charity Redthread, whose embedded specialist youth workers support and advise young people admitted to the centre with the aim of helping them get out of gangs and into safer lifestyles.
Norman Baker MP recently visited the Major Trauma Centre to meet with Redthread, Charity and trust CEOs and Dr Asif Rahman the lead consultant on the project
Redthread has more than fifteen years of experience working with young people in the community and supporting their health and wellbeing. Their youth workers will be offering support at a time when the youths are most vulnerable, such as following treatment from an assault, known as the ‘teachable moment’ when they may be more willing to engage.
Once a relationship has been built, the team will offer a variety of on-going support based on the needs of the individual. This may be anything from family counselling, liaising with housing associations to provide alternative accommodation, help with employment, helping with social integration and various other resources these young people may not have had access to previously. Have a read of our case studies on the left hand side bar to see how this project has benefited others so far.
The £200,000 needed per year to run the project is being fundraised by Imperial College Healthcare Charity with support from several local boroughs in London. To make a donation to this project, click here