We are delighted to announce we have received two substantial donations to help fund our groundbreaking Divert programme, which helps young offenders transform their lives by diverting them from reoffending and into employment. These donors include the Worshipful Company of Weavers (£15,000) and the Aldgate and Allhallows Foundation (£60,000). This funding has allowed us to expand the programme further, and we now provide the service in both Brixton and Tower Hamlets.
Divert is run by the Milestone Foundation in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service. Together we are working to change the way that the criminal justice system handles young offenders for good. We believe that many young people need support and access to opportunities in order to avoid repeat offending and that Divert is the solution.
Divert focuses on engaging young people at the point of police detention, helping them to recognise that alternative options are available and offering them the support and guidance they need to find sustainable employment.
In just one year, Divert has engaged with 116 young adults, 87% of which are now in training or employment. We are working hard behind the scenes to secure further funding to support our vision to expand the programme across the capital, and support more individuals into opportunities for development.