Group of mentees on an ice skating trip



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.

XLP creates positive futures for young people struggling with issues such as family breakdown, poverty, unemployment and educational failure.

LandAid's £60,000 grant supported XLP's ‘XL-Mentoring’ project for one year to help disadvantaged young people living on estates in the London Borough of Greenwich. A further £25,000 will fund the salary of a Greenwich XL-Mentoring coordinator for one year.

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 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.