Met-Track coach Josh Swaray reports on TLG Awards Night
Met-Track coach Josh Swaray has been delivering sessions at the TLG Hammersmith Centre since the beginning of this academic year. The school and the pupils have taken to Josh responding well to his sessions and mentoring advice, as a result of this he was invited as a special guest to the TLG group awards night on Thursday 24th November.
"The TLG Awards and fund raising evening was a great event celebrating the success of the students over the past year, there were some inspirational stories and remarkable turnarounds that these young people had gone through. There were four individual awards given out on the night including the resilience award and an award for outstanding achievement.
The average cost of detaining a youth offender in custody for a year is £100,000 and frequently more. Hence, if Met-Track schemes prevent ONE youth offender from being detained, the potential saving to the taxpayer is £2milion/year based on 20 schemes in London. We believe this figure is significantly higher!
Why? Founded in 2005, Met-Track has become one of the most successful youth diversion schemes in London. Over 90% of the young people who engaged with the project for over a month did not offend or reoffend*. The scheme works with major partners, including the Metropolitan Police Service and youth/education professionals, to ensure its operation is intelligence-led and targets those young Londoners most likely to benefit. *Source: (annual evaluation 09/2015).
With our generous grant from the BIG Lottery Fund destined to run out in summer 2016, Met-Track will close after eleven years of serving London unless additional funds are found to support longer term sustainable future for the project.
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