Project Future is a community based, youth led mental health project. It that seeks to transform mental health delivery for young men aged 16-25, who are involved in offending and serious youth violence in Haringey. We are partners on this project with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust and Haringey Council. It is funded by the Big Lottery and independently evaluated by the Centre for Mental Health.

Project Future is extremely unique as the service has been co-produced with the young men themselves who are entrenched in cycles of poverty and offending, and who are not able to access regular social services. A critical addition is that the service is run by a team of mental health professionals and specialist youth workers, who share lived experiences of the issues affecting the young men that attend.

Another striking difference between Project Future and other, regular services, is that the team are able to engage a cohort of socially excluded young men that have seldom accessed services, and who are highly mistrustful of professionals.

The strategic objectives of the project are to;

  • Improve mental health and emotional well-being
  • Reduce offending
  • Increase access to education, employment, training
  • Improve stability by bridging young people into local services

The long-term aim of the project is reduce the economic and social impact of serious youth violence. Project Future is achieving this through addressing some of the health, social and race inequalities that contribute to gang affiliation and offending.

The service is primarily a well-being service led by clinical psychologists in which evidence based psychological interventions are wrapped around everyday interactions.

Project evaluation

The Centre for Mental Health recently published an independent evaluation of Project Future. This can be found here or on the Publications and Evidence page.

How many young people?

In 3 years Project Future has worked with 200 young people

Achievements

The vast majority of young people attending Project Future have received help for an issue relating to stability. This includes support with finances, housing, education, health and wellbeing, and applications for driving licences and passports. A large proportion of our Project Future attendees have gone onto receive help from subsequent services which they may not have accessed otherwise. This help has included job searching, applying for jobs, support with business and careers, and preparing for interviews.

Project Future have presented at a number of events and conferences. In the summer of 2017 they were the keynote speakers at the British Psychological Society’s annual Children, Young People and Families conference. They regularly liaise with policy makers and empower young people to have their voices represented. They also have an upcoming meeting at the Houses of Parliament where they will be presenting.

Awards won

Health Service Journal 2016 Award - Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability – Winner

Health Service Journal 2016 Award - Most Effective Adoption and Diffusion of Best Practice – Highly Commended

Howard League for Penal Reform – Community Awards 2017 – Liaison and Diversion Category – Commended

List of official partners

  • MAC-UK
  • Haringey Council
  • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust