Group of mentees on an ice skating trip

XLP

Tower Hamlets

Grant: £60,000

The need

For young people with extremely difficult home lives, running away from home for periods of time is not unusual. This jeopardises their safety and puts them at increased risk of gangs and crime. To help these young people make the right choices that benefit their future, having a constant supportive person in their lives is key.

The project

LandAid gave a grant to XLP to support their ‘XL-Mentoring’ project for one year to help disadvantaged young people living on estates in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The young people are aged between 10 and 20 and on the verge of exclusion from school or becoming involved in gangs, crime and anti-social behaviour. 

The impact

The aim of this project is to ensure that young people are making wise life choices: to stay in or return to school, to stay away from or leave criminality and gangs and to set positive goals and work hard to achieve them – all of which are key elements in preventing youth homelessness.