Aspiring Champions

Aspiring Champions Cardiff Project, will support 10 high risk young men, aged 18-25 over 12 months, who are homeless/at risk of homelessness and have been involved in the criminal justice system in Cardiff.

An innovative partnership led by Youth Cymru, with South Wales Police and St Giles Trust it will intensively support young men who have been involved in and/or are escaping criminal exploitation, county lines, gangs and entrapment, to break the cycle of exploitation by raising confidence, providing mentoring, gaining skills and qualifications and raise their aspirations to ultimately become capable of surviving the ‘real world’, creating stability to move into their own home.

By escaping exploitation and chaotic lifestyles, they greatly improve their chances to identify a home and with support improve their life chances. These young men will have a life line out of criminality and homelessness Supported by one part time specialist worker, with lived experience of the criminal justice system will intensively support and mentor the young men identified by South Wales Police to break the exploitation cycle, acting as a coach and a mentor. Additionally another part time specialist will support access to training, employment, mental health, housing, substance misuse support/networking provided