the star project
The Star Project is a wraparound and advocacy service for young women affected by gangs and county lines.
Services currently available are:
Islington 10-16-year-olds (co-located with Targeted Youth Support Service)
Islington 16-24-year-olds (co-located with the Integrated Gangs Team)
What do young women get?
Young women get a dedicated Abianda practitioner who will meet with them weekly (or more if needed).
Structured programme of work
The service includes a 12-15 session structured programme of work, exploring some of the following themes:
healthy and unhealthy relationships
sexual violence, exploitation and other VAWG issues in the context of gangs
anger, power and harm
identity and equality
risk for young women affected by gangs, county lines, peer on peer violence
Young women benefit from our solution focused and strengths based model of practice. We support them to develop their critical thinking on these themes, their skills to navigate risks, and to move closer to their desired outcomes and to create the changes they want to see in their lives.
Wraparound advocacy and being better connected to services
Abianda practitioners will work shoulder to shoulder with young women to provide rights based and wraparound advocacy support.
We will support the young woman to access services, assessments, resources and support that she is entitled to, in order to bring about stability in her life, reduce harm and to ensure the young woman can continue to progress in her life positively and healthily.
We support young women to have their voices heard amongst the professional network that may be orbiting her, to ensure she is better connected with these services and that she is able to influence the decisions that affect her life.
We challenge oppressive practice, hold services to account, and work tirelessly to ensure the young women’s safety and developmental needs are met.
Young women typically work with us for up to one year through the Star Project.
Islington 10 - 16-year-olds
To refer into this service, please contact Islington’s Targeted Youth Support Team who are responsible for triaging and making all referrals into this service.
Telephone: 020 7527 2600.
Islington 16 - 24-year-olds
To refer into this service, please contact Islington’s Integrated Gangs Team who are responsible for triaging and making all referrals into this service.
To request a referral form, please contact: IGT[at]islington.gov.uk
Telephone: 07703 380 225