Referral agencies (e.g. YOTS, PRUs)

How VOYAGE works with Youth Offending Teams

Over the years, VOYAGE has built productive relationships with YOTs and young offender institutions so that we can help young people on remand or sentenced by the youth courts.

YOTs are now our main referral partners for our Horizons programme, a personal development course that has achieved notable results.

  • Those who complete the course show improved behaviour and greater resilience to peer pressure

  • They have improved attitudes to study, work and those in positions of authority and, as a result, improved career prospects.

  • VOYAGE is open to the concept of arranging tailored one-to-one and group workshop sessions directly with YOTs or YOIs.

Getting young people back into the mainstream

Our work in conjunctions with YOTs has helped several young people to return to a path that will see them realise their potential, both in higher education and employment.

We also work with children under local authority care who have been excluded from school.

Our Horizons programme is also successful in this context. It can be delivered in Pupil Referral Units and complements other educational support programmes in schools and wider community settings.

Our work with YOTs exemplifies the way in which VOYAGE combines with other agencies to help young people develop leadership skills, make the right choices and identify solutions to challenging life situations.

Voyage Programmes


Community Safety and Leadership Workshops

Know Your Rights

A series of workshops in schools and community organisation to spread knowledge of UK laws and police operations. We believe these procedures drive a wedge between young people from all backgrounds and the police and we want to change that.

Violent Crime

A powerful workshop delivered in schools, guiding young people of all ethnicities through scenarios, film and discussions to help them improve their reactions, decisions and choices. We aim to change young people’s attitudes to, and perceptions of, crime and raise awareness of the impact of violence.

Young Leaders for Safe Cities
Young Leaders for Safer Cities

Leadership Initiative

Young Leaders for Safe Cities (YLFSC)

An accredited BTEC course for people aged 14-15 taught in groups of up to 25. The YLFSC programme, developed by the VOYAGE team, aims to:

  1. Nurture young leaders to support and improve their communities; to tackle crime issues; and to improve community services from local providers. We want young people to be inspired to influence and shape local services.
  2. Help young people learn about leadership, citizenship and community social responsibility.
  3. Ensure the voices of young people are listened to and help to build and sustain relationships with others from across London.
  4. Provide support for progress from school to higher education, training and the world of work.

South Hackney Leadership Academy (SHLA)

The SHLA offers access to this unique programme to about 45 young people aged between 15 and 17. The academy provides a compelling framework that encourages educational progress and builds skills and confidence.

We bring together graduates of our YLFSC programme and young people from the local community and beyond for a high-quality, well-run course.

There is a need for programmes that both fill the gaps left by disappearing youth provision and combat the spectre of youth-related violence.

We demonstrate progression opportunities and engage professionals who can inspire our young people by demonstrating the possibilities ahead of them.

Young Black Positive Advocates

VOYAGE now has hundreds of graduates from its programmes who we encourage, through this open network, to share their experiences. That way they can continue to guide and inspire each other – and the next generation.



VOYAGE developed this unique personal development course to assist those aged 16 and over who are deemed at risk, are on managed exclusions or have limited educational options. It is a 10-week programme with optional mentoring to follow.

Young people who complete the course show significantly reduced levels of re-offending patterns and behaviour and greater resilience to peer pressure.

They have improved attitudes to study, work and those in positions of authority and, as a result, improved career prospects.