Carney's Community

Carney’s Youth Crime Prevention Programme

This project works intensively with young people who are involved with or at risk of being involved with crime. Through positive activity, sport and mentoring we aim to turn young people away from crime and offending, into upstanding members of their community, being the best they can possibly be.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1150650)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Young people in Wandsworth exist at society's extremes, in affluent families or living in poverty. In some areas 29% of children live in poverty, (national average 17%). Many 16-18s are not in education, employment or training and unemployment is common among families. Childhood obesity levels are high and drug use is prevalent. Life expectancy is lower than average. These young people are more likely to experience violence and start offending; gang involvement & knife crime are serious issues.


We use sport and mentoring to engage young people and create opportunities for them. Sport has been shown to be a successful, cost-effective way of tackling youth crime and gang violence and has a positive impact on physical and mental health. We open our doors to young people from across South London, running activities including boxing, yoga, bike maintenance and cooking classes while providing 1:1 and group mentoring support. We provide consistency and positive activities for young people.

  • Carney’s helps me push through barriers when I think “I can't do that”

    — Anonymous Carney's Community participant

  • If I’m here [at Carney's Community] I’m not on the roads. If I had nothing to do, I could possibly be a gang member. It’s keeping me preoccupied and being fed as well.

    — Anonymous Carney's Community boxing participant

  • It helps with reducing violence and learning what to do in angry situations

    — Carney's Community boxing participant