200 Shortlist | Key4Life
Shortlist – Improving Impact – charities with 4-25 paid staff
Who they are
Key4Life’s mission is to reduce youth re-offending in the UK through the delivery of a rehabilitation programme to young men in prison and a preventative early-intervention programme to those at risk of prison. It works with young people aged 18–25 – some of the hardest to reach people in society.
What they’ve achieved
In 2013 it was identified that the mentoring programme was not delivering as well as it could. This was due to a lack of clarity on the mentors’ role and weaknesses in training. Board members drew on their own professional expertise to assist – and as a result mentoring training was revised and a new and improved programme put in place.
Key4Life believes that its mentors have played a substantial role in increasing participants’ ability to deal with emotions and their attitudes to work. A year on from the changes, 63% of participants are in employment, and only 16% have re-offended, compared to a national re-offending rate of 74%.
Radically increasing the impact of its mentoring programme has helped Key4Life improve the lives of some of the hardest to reach young people in society.
Adding more clarity to mentors’ roles and strengthening their training has had impressive results. Young people on the charity’s programmes have a 16% reoffending rate (versus an average of 74%) with three-quarters of participants finding work.
Key4Life is sharing this impact with key influencers to promote the benefits of rehabilitation through learning and provide opportunities to even more offenders.
The panel was impressed by the board and staff’s commitment to research and evaluation informing the delivery of programmes with monitoring and evaluation conducted by external consultants.