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Straight Up

Offering support via 121 mentoring sessions with a project worker to help you solve and overcome practical obstacles and create opportunities for change.

16 - 30 | Birmingham | Solihull

Straight Up offers holistic support via 121 sessions to deliver a solution-focused service, building relationships that motivate and encourage service users to:

  • talk about and solve problems
  • overcome practical obstacles, and
  • create opportunities for change.

To build ongoing, trusted relationships and encourage successful outcomes, project workers will deliver an end-to-end service to the same service user focusing on mentoring, coaching and productive communication.

How we do it

  • Bespoke 1-2-1 support: built around service users’ needs to provide a personalised support plan to identify practical solutions to help Engage, Motivate and Empower service users to overcome obstacles and create opportunities for change. Also incorporating diversionary activities such as music/ sport as engagement tools.
  • Support plans: comprehensive assessments to create long term solutions and support the individual.
  • Activities: using diversionary activities by partnering with other providers such as music/ sport to help engage and create interest/ new hobbies/ develop a skill.
  • Advocacy: the project worker will assist you in accessing financial support via DWP and support you to attend your local job center, make arrangements for work experience placements and employer visits.
  • Engagement: tailored and sustainable gang exit strategies by delivering a range of bespoke interventions tailored to the individual’s needs
  • Multi agency approach: enhanced communication between agencies to allow for appropriate interventions and engagement models


Referral options for this service

You can refer yourself
You can refer family or a friend
You can refer a client

We encourage you to email to discuss any potential referral before completing a referral form so that we can be sure the person is eligible for the service.

To be eligible for referral, the person should be:

  • aged 16-30,
  • associated with, involved in, or at risk of involvement in gang culture,
  • at significant risk of harm from gang activity (such as violence or exploitation), a risk to themselves, or pose a risk of harm to others,
  • motivated to end their gang involvement and willing to work with the service, and
  • have underlying entitlement to Universal Credit or other legacy benefit.

Referral forms should be sent to:

Volunteer and placement opportunities

You can't volunteer for this service
You can't get a placement at this service