What we believe
Generations are lost to the streets, unfortunate experiences at home in childhood push young people towards unfortunate lifestyles. We believe that everyone wants to do good but their limited perception gets in the way leading them to do bad, reducing choice and emotional development.
Why our work is needed
Crime is met with solution focused punishments, leaving the root causes free to sprout more problems. It is statistically proven that those who lack a safe and secure foundation (in care, lack of attachment, abused etc) are more at risk. Those more at risk are vulnerable because of the impact from their environment, leading them to have low self-esteem, fear and panic, creating emotional dysfunction. Without support chances of early death, ill-mental and physical health, prison, substance abuse and unemployment increase. With suicide attempts increasing by 3150%!
What is our answer?
Programmes, workshops and professional development to create awareness, educate and provide support. Helping young people to reconnect to their innate ability to self-actualise, covering -
Mental health spectrum
Uniqueness and miss-marketing of feelings
Mental health role models
“I came to England when I was seven years old without anyone, just me and my suitcase. I was coming here to stay with my brother but on the day that I landed in England my brother was sentenced to do five years in prison…By the age of eight I was out on the street with eighteen-year-olds, doing dumb sh*t. I grew up too quick because I saw too much. Without going into the details, I was taking home £250 per week by the time I was nine years old and got kicked out of school by the time I was thirteen.”
- Moses Ashikodi, in the Soccology book
How do we achieve our objectives?
We use a blend of Psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, street culture and football to provide “psycho-street education”, improving awareness of choice, conflict resolution skills, reducing substance abuse, decreasing gang activity, lowering offending and reoffending rates and providing tools for self-intervention. Enhancing emotional literacy.
Our street health programme uses the arts, debate and role models from street culture. We create scenarios for groups to empathise with the journey of those we study through the mediums mentioned above, develop an understanding of how circumstances affected the person in question, built resilience, push through and in some cases were overcome by their situation. Plenaries allow for participants to connect the metaphors and the stories of others to their lives.
“You can take the kid away from the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto away from the kid” I was living at my fathers house but I was running over to my mothers to eat food (no food at his fathers, only alcohol and milk). Because I needed food. But then, she was complaining that I eat for 4 people, so she kicked me out”
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in reference to himself.
Street Health has been delivered in schools to improve behaviour and engagement, in prisons to develop emotional literacy, at professional football clubs to assist with adaptation and as professional development to improve staff interact with people in their care.