One Mile Away

Why we are needed

  • These young people live in communities which are among the top 10% most deprived in the UK
  • Low levels of educational attainment and average child poverty of 41.7%
  • Birmingham has the highest rate of gun crime in the country
  • Living with these disadvantages, young people have low aspirations, low self worth and often a lack of law abiding adult role models.
  • With unemployment also always high, young people start to believe that gang membership, violence, illegal arms and drugs is their only lifestyle option.
  • This devastates many lives and often results in youths serving time behind bars, costing approximately £60,000 per person p.a.