Khulisa (“to nurture”) is a UK registered charity delivering unique and powerful behaviour-change programmes addressing violence and the crime cycle. Through this work we foster empathy, personal regeneration, motivation and aspiration. Khulisa draws on the rich heritage and learning of our sister charity, Khulisa Social Solutions of South Africa, who have a 16-year track record at the forefront of restorative justice, violence-reduction, youth diversion and community revitalisation having impacted over one million people. Our UK model has been adapted from experience in some of their most violent prisons and disadvantaged communities.
Our programmes have secured both NOMS PSO4350 approval and the Mentoring & Befriending Foundations “Approved Provider Status”.
Khulisa also delivers bespoke, hard-hitting and creative corporate and community training programmes.
Specifically addressing crime prevention and violence-reduction is our flagship Silence the Violence programme, and its youth version, Face It. Through the use of creative and experiential therapeutic techniques, vulnerable individuals and those affected by violence (perpetrators, victims and others) are enabled to gain insight and vision while (re)developing self-respect, self control and dignity. These are core values often lost or ‘masked’ by violence, a fear of violence or exposure to violent environments, gangs or conflict.
We work on the theory that violence is learned behaviour and can therefore be un-learned. Increased self-awareness creates insight into personal violence triggers and managing violent behaviour. This learning radically reduces the chances of re-offending. Our programmes also promote crime-aversion and an understanding of the impact of violence and crime on victims, families (own and others) and communities. The possibilities of healing, forgiveness, restoration and rehabilitation are magnified and made real, creating a safer and more just society.
Khulisa partners strategically with organisations to sustain positive change and build community cohesion, maximising the efficacy of our, and our partners’, programmes and promoting our core aims.