Abianda is delighted to announce that we have received funding from Help for Children to deliver our Train the Trainer programme over 2018-19.


This funding will enable us to train 10 new Young Trainers aged 16-24 to co-facilitate our training, and act as peer mentors to gang-affected young women – both of which are paid opportunities. We will deliver two weeks of training in September, and then weekly follow-up sessions for one year.


Our Young Trainers are central to our work – co-facilitating all our training and acting as peer mentors to other young women. Sharing their expertise enables them to bring about the culture shift we all want to see, so that gang-affected young women are no longer a hidden group in our communities, feel safe to access help, and are free from harm.


This programme will ensure that young women remain in the fabric of our organisation and directly influence how we deliver services and training. It will also provide 10 young women with paid employment opportunities into the foreseeable future.


Through the programme, young women will develop their transferable work and life skills, as well as their critical thinking. They will also have the opportunity to influence how future services are delivered through training professionals and supporting other young women.


We are really excited to grow our cohort of Young Trainers, who are consistently cited as a powerful element of our training: “Great to have first-hand experience so openly shared” and “You were both inspirational and AMAZING!! Thank you.”


We also know from our Young Trainers how much they get from the experience: “the best thing is being an ex-affiliated young woman helping current gang-affiliated young women out there. Because they think that there is nothing out there for them, but we are letting them know they can do anything they choose to do.”


Help for Children is a global foundation supported by the generosity of Hedge Funds Care and Private Equity Cares. HfC provides grants to the most effective and efficient child abuse prevention and treatment interventions in seven countries, making the world a safer place for children.


To find out more about Abianda’s Train the Trainer programme, please email hello@abianda.com and we will share information and application forms.


We welcome applications from young women who are: aged between 16 – 24; not in employment, education or training; affected by gangs in some way; and ‘group work ready’.

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