Get Connected Programme – Surrey Success

Get Connected - Surrey (Reigate and Banstead)

The Get Connected Programme that sets out to tackle Serious Youth Violence, Knife Crime, Child Criminal Exploitation, Gangs and County Lines. Get Connected is an innovative training programme built on the foundation of our experience of direct delivery and learning over the last 25 years. Get Connected allows us to share our experience and knowledge with other organisations so that they can benefit from the things we have learned.The 2-part Get Connected programme is delivered through five practical workshops and five events delivered over a period of one year. In Surrey we delivered this programme over a period of nine months and we achieved the following;

  • The Programme has seen over 50 individuals take part from over 21 organisations over the 5 Living toolkit workshop days.
  • 38 individuals took part in a Network voice survey, which merited key points about tackling the issues at hand.
  • Youth Voice had participation from four local high schools and one alternative provision, concluding in 1212 young people from age 14-16 taking part.

This is what the participants fed-back about The Get Connected Programme;

Mike Lockhart – Assistant Head

Lucy Mortimer – Assistant Head

The culmination was an event which saw Surrey’s PCC David Munro and Surrey’s Chief Constable Gavin Stephens supported by the Chief Executive (Surrey County Council) held a joint Serious Violence Seminar for senior members across Surrey. The Get Connected programme played a crucial role to empowering a senior response. There was recognition at the seminar that working together and formulating a joint strategy was the answer to combating county lines, gangs and serious youth violence.

Hear the closing words from David Munro, Surrey PCC at the Serious Violence Seminar in the video below.

Enthusiasm is recognised as an example of good practice by The Home Office in respect of our work with young people who are most at risk of offending and social exclusion. Enthusiasm has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the work we do with young people in the local community.

Our first hand experience, a fundamental driver behind the Get Connected Programme, means that our expertise deliver on the following government priorities:

  • Tackle county lines – the exploitation of vulnerable people by gang members to sell drugs.
  • Protect vulnerable locations – the places where vulnerable young people are targeted.
  • Reduce violence and knife crime.
  • Safeguard gang-associated young people.
  • Promote early intervention.
  • Promote meaningful alternatives to gangs such as education, training and employment.

To arrange a face-to-face meeting to discuss The Get Connected Programme and how it can benefit your area, we will arrange for a member of the Get Connected team to contact you.
Phone: 01332 362479

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