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In2Change Project

In2Change is a unique South Yorkshire project that stops young people leading a life of crime by confronting them with prisoners and ex-offenders.

The project in Sheffield aims to stop young people that are, for a number of reasons, at risk of leading a life of crime, drugs, prison or even murder. The time the young people spend with ex-offenders such as Hanif Mohammed, who served 10 years for killing a man, and Karen Howell-Ball who was sentenced to four years for conspiracy to supply drugs have a dramatic and positive impact on them.

The In2Change Project involves powerful, factual role play presentations delivered by trained, qualified ex-offenders and prisoners. The intensive programme is hard hitting, factual and portrays the consequences of crime and prison life as learnt by those that have been there. The exercises and lessons look at the impact of crime and anti-social behaviour as much from the victims’ perspective as they do the perpetrators.

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How did UK Steel Enterprise help?

The project received donations totalling £3,500 from UK Steel Enterprise’s Charitable Fund and the Police Proceeds of Crime Fund.  The funding has been used to kit out a prison cell, kitchen, and work place units where the young people learn new skills.

What has this support meant?

Hanif Mohammed started working with In2Change as a volunteer in 2008 and is now a full time Training Facilitator. He says the experience of working on the project is brilliant for both sides: “I never thought I would ever use something as negative and life-defining as my crime in such a positive way. Without the support and opportunities I have been given by In2Change I would have been homeless, unemployed and at greater risk of re-offending.

“Some of the kids think that being a criminal and a gangster is glamorous – but we show them that it’s not. We tell them about the hardship, about the crying at night; I never cried in my life till I went to prison. We make them realise that what they are living is not a computer game; it’s real life and has serious consequences,” says Hanif.

IN2Change can be contacted through its web site – www.in2change.org