Bryony Houlden, Chief Executive, South West Councils

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Girls in Gangs

Release Date: Jun 01, 2016

Young women and girls who are exposed to gangs often come into harm in such environments, such as being exposed to sexual exploitation and criminal activity. Comic Relief are making several grants available in the UK for multi-partner projects which can help intervene between young women and gangs, such as providing family-focused interventions and providing support in schools.

Comic Relief are keen in supporting:

  • A coalition of organisations, with a lead agency, working in partnership across different sectors to deliver more holistic approaches. Bidding coalitions should be able to show some evidence of having delivered work that is providing a positive and safe future for girls and young women associated with gangs.
  • Initiatives that draw on best practice in the following sectors, women and girls, criminal and juvenile justice, sexual exploitation, social / youth work, government, business and community sectors. 

  • Work that views the problem and solution as systemic.

  • Organisations prepared to test more ‘disruptive’ solutions and learn if they fail.

Proposals are welcome for up to £150,000 for 18 months of activity, which may be doubled following a 1 year report. Proposals are open until the 13 July 2016.

Further application information can be found on the Comic Relief website.