Our guiding principle is that those people affected by a problem are best to find the solutions to it. We support gang-affected young women through our unique model that combines a solution focused and competence based approach with participatory principles and techniques.

 

By asking young women the right questions and offering an equal, transparent relationship we help them discover their own resilience and to develop the power to change their situation.

  • The star project

    In partnership with the Islington Integrated Gangs Team

    The Star Project is a specialist 12-session one-to-one service for gang-affected young women aged 16-24 in Islington. We work alongside young women to explore:

    • healthy relationships
    • sexual violence and exploitation and other VAWG issues in the context of gangs
    • risk for gang-affected young women
    • anger, power and harm

    We use our unique model of working with young women to create safe spaces and support them to achieve the changes they want in their lives and to develop skills and strategies to navigate risk. By keeping our work solution and future-focused, we keep our spaces safe for young women – they know we will not ask them to share information about their past or about their associates because this could create significant risks for them.

    We have successfully worked with young women who have unique safeguarding and risk issues due to their gang-association, and who have complex needs and a history of non-engagement.

    Referrals for The Star Project should be made through the Islington Integrated Gangs Team (link to referral form – in email attachment). For an informal conversation about the project and how we could support young women you are working with please contact us.

  • Group work for gang-affected young women

    (in development)

    A 12-session group work programme for young women and girls in various settings, including: schools, pupil referral units, residential and secure units and prisons. Using our solution focused and participatory approach, young women explore issues of violence against women and girls, in the context of peer groups and gangs, and the impact of gangs on, and the risk for, young women. The young women develop the knowledge and skills they need to better navigate the risks they face in their lives, they develop a peer support network and gain work and life skills so they can make their own efforts to raise awareness about how young women are affected by gangs and what needs to be done to prevent it.

  • Abianda Young Trainers

    We work with gang-affected young women who have used our services to be young trainers themselves. Young women develop the knowledge & skills to co-deliver Abianda’s training packages – on a paid basis – so they can directly influence the way future services are delivered and inform professionals what works and what doesn’t when supporting young women.

    Gang-affected young women tell us that they need legitimate, paid and professional opportunities so they can disrupt cycles of dependency on a pro-criminal life style and/or abusive and dangerous associates.

    Abianda Young Trainers deliver, or co-deliver, on all of our training packages. They also deliver in-house and bespoke training on request. To discuss how our Young Trainers can support your practice, please contact them on:

    youngtrainers@abianda.com

  • Young Women’s Business Advisory Group

    Our Young Women’s Business Advisory Group meets monthly and allows young women to influence and define how Abianda develops and what new opportunities are created for young women, both internally and externally.

    Through the business advisory group, young women who have used our services have access to all aspects of the organisation including financial management and accounts, governance, business strategy and planning, fundraising, social media, marketing and PR, sales and income generation.

    While working across all aspects of the organisation, young women develop business, leadership and administration skills that are transferable into other professional environments in support of their own career development.

  • Bespoke participation projects

    We develop national projects to understand problems, and the solutions to them, from the perspective of young people who tend to have little, or no, influence on the policy and decisions that affect them. These are often partnership projects with academic institutions, and we bring the specialist skills in participatory and solution-focused approaches. We are highly skilled at facilitating group work with young people who are typically ‘high risk and high vulnerability’ and in supporting them to influence the design of policy, systems and services. Examples of our most recent work include a project called on Making Justice Work and these four films on gang associated sexual violence and exploitation.

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