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Khulisa's 3 Year Strategy - Closing the Trauma Gap

We are proud to launch our 2021-24 strategy - Closing the Trauma Gap: Skills and Relationships built to last.

We recognise that improving a young person’s social and emotional skills will only go so far in improving their life outcomes. To create meaningful and lasting change, we need to also ensure that all young people are cared for by adults who are trauma-informed and systems that are responsive to their social and emotional needs.

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Khulisa will therefore focus on ensuring young people have the three things they need to fulfil their true potential:

Improved social & emotional skills
Positive relationships with peers and trusted adults
Access to nurturing environments which prioritise their wellbeing

Our Impact

279Programmes delivered
4518Participants supported
77Reduction in reoffending (%)
3716Professionals trained

What we do

Khulisa works with young people in schools, prisons and in the community. We deliver intensive, therapeutic group programmes for young people to explore the root causes of their emotional distress. We also train professionals, parents and carers in how to create nurturing, trauma-informed environments for young people. We place wellbeing at the heart of rehabilitation; we provide intensive therapeutic support to help young people build self-awareness and emotional resilience.

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Our Values are to

by restoring empathy, self-belief and self-worth
by believing all people can grow
by enabling people to have an equal voice and building trust and aspiration
by enabling confidence, self-belief and ownership

Our Programmes

Young People in Schools

We support young people in groups of 8-12 at risk of exclusion and offending.
We help young people to build their emotional literacy and improve their engagement with education, increase their pro-social awareness and identity and divert them away from violence and crime.

We use art, dramatherapy, role-play and debating techniques to help young people unlock their emotions. We increase self-awareness and encourages young people to reflect on the root causes and triggers of their distress. Each programme is tailored to the specific needs of the participants and all elements of the course are delivered by trained drama therapists.

Young People In Prisons

Our violence reduction programme delivered in prisons and youth offending institutions across the UK, supports young people to improve their wellbeing, self-regulation and resilience. We believe that it's critical that prisoners are able to manage and understand their emotions and develop healthy relationships with others. We support rehabilitation and reintegration into the community by helping prisoners to develop emotional resilience, positive wellbeing and strengthening their mental health.

In the Community

We work in the community with charities, local authorities, community groups and parenting networks to support the social and emotional wellbeing of the key adults in young people's lives. To create meaningful and lasting change, we need to ensure that all young people are cared for by adults who are trauma-informed and systems that are responsive to their social and emotional needs.

We provide support through Trauma-informed training, resilience webinars, and bespoke training. These can be delivered online or in person and are tailored to the different needs of the community.

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