We just received this amazing feedback from Hillingdon Youth Offending Service. We want to share it with you because we are so proud of our Young Trainers!

‘In October 2016 Abianda Young Trainers delivered a seminar to the Hillingdon Youth Offending Service on working with gang-affected young women.  Enter Director; Abi Billinghurst and two formerly gang-associated young women who, after the course of a 3 hour seminar, would later be described as inspiring.  Together the trio of trainers were able to challenge, inform and capture the attention of a multi-agency team on the complex and multi-faceted issues that affect young women in gangs whilst providing experience-based analogies and practical tools for engagement. As professionals working within a youth offending context training of this nature is not unfamiliar. What set the Abianda delivery apart was the balance between direct and contemporary knowledge presented by the young trainers juxtaposed with research, data and theory based information imparted by Abi. This collective synergy had a tremendous impact on the team and would add value to any organisation that has a role to play in safeguarding, intervention or engagement with this vulnerable cohort.’

Testimonial provided by Ed Thirlwall, Victim Engagement and Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, Hillingdon Youth Offending Service.

In 2017 we will focus on developing more opportunities for our Young Trainers to train professionals on issues associated with gang-affected young women. Our business model is that we pay young women who have used our services to design and deliver our training packages. As a result young women who have been affected by gangs are speaking directly to the professionals who will go on to support other young women. Our young trainers speak from first hand experience about what works, and what doesn’t work, when providing effective support for gang-affected young women. Who better to provide this insight than the young women themselves?

If you are interested in hearing from our Young Trainers, please get in touch with us.

What set the Abianda delivery apart was the balance between direct and contemporary knowledge juxtaposed with research, data and theory based information

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