Base 25 - Supporting Young People in Shaping their lives

Young People and Gangs

Young People face a lot of pressure and challenges during adolescence that can lead to their vulnerability.  This can result in them making negative decisions or engaging in risky activities that can result in them being groomed into affiliating with a gang.  'Children and young people involved with, or on the edges of, gangs might be victims of violence or they might be pressured into doing things like stealing or carrying drugs or weapons. They might be abused, exploited or put into dangerous situations' (NSPCC 2016).  There are lots of reasons why young people feel the pressure to join

 a gang, for some it is down to the need to belong, for others it could be due to the need to feel protected or safe, what ever the reason, the earlier the intervention, the easier it is to reduce the risk of gang involvement.   Base 25 offer a number of programmes that support working with young people around the agenda for ending gang and youth violence


iGirl is a mentoring programme for girls that could be actively involved in a gang, a girlfriend or sister of a gang member or someone vulnerable to being affected by gangs. iGirl is a mentoring based programme that encourages the girls to explore their story.  The bespoke programme will be tailored to the individual needs of those involved that could include work around: confidence, self-concept, emotional health, exploitation, grooming, gangs, education and employment and communication through new technologies.  The focus of the work will incorporate protective behaviours, raising aspirations, confidence and self-esteem, decision making and other topical themes important to the women and girls involved that 

are impacted by, at risk or are involved in gang related activity. The structured work will be followed by ongoing mentoring to support them as they progress towards exiting the programme.  The mentoring will be delivered in accordance to the Early Intervention Foundation advice in the document Preventing Gang Involvement and Youth Violence (2015).  Sign posting, alternative referral and joint working will also be delivered as part of the intervention as and when needed.

Referrals for iGirl can be made using the referral form below.  Base 25 has an environmental policy and would request that referrals be made electronically to prevent the need to print. 

Clued Up

Clued up is a group work programme for girls at risk of joining gangs or who are engaging in gang related activity through exploring the impact of 'Needs and Wants' and the 'Need for Belonging' as underpinning theory.  Those that access the programme will be able to: Describe how needs and wants can impact on self-concept, describe how needs and wants can impact with regards to being vulnerable to sexual exploitation, describe how needs and wants can impact with regards to differentiating between healthy and unhealthy relationships and how ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ can impact on girls and young women with regards to being groomed into gangs, describe how the need for belonging; and how ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ can impact negatively on how girls and young women can use technology and describe how the need for belonging; and how ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ can influence more informed choices for the future.


iGirl Clued-Up Poster.pdf

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