Project Future is a community based, youth led mental health project, 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.