Griffin Research   &     Catalyst In Communities

Research – Evaluate – Train – Engage – Facilitate

Examples of work:

Problem solving and training

  • Delivered Crime problem solving seminars for Newham Safe Neighbourhoods – ran their seminars to identify local crime priorities and 2 public question and answer sessions with the police and public.
  • Delivered Partnership Work and Community Engagement for Bedfordshire Victims Partnership – delivered seminars on Partnership working; Sharing Data and Youth Engagement
  • Delivering crime prevention and problem solving training to the Metropolitan Police – delivered training to 1000+ PCSO’s Sergeants and Constables. Now working with Inspectors
  • Delivered the Train the Trainer ISTARED (Intelligent Situational Threat Assessment, Risk Evaluation and Determination) programme for TFL which won Security Excellence Award from the Industry
  • Delivered Problem Solving Training to Police and Police Consultative Group Chairs in London.

CSE and DV

  • Evaluation of Elderly Abuse for Hope Programme/Bedfordshire PCC – research project looking at size of the problem, gap in services and training in risk identification
  • Ran Restorative Practice Pilot with Domestic Violence Victims in Barking and Dagenham – applying restorative justice approaches to low to medium risk domestic violence victims. Also trained Barking and Dagenham staff in restorative justice.
  • Evaluated the MARAC for Barking and Dagenham – research project looking to improve the performance of the MARAC which had the highest number of referrals in the whole of London
  • Delivered Girls and Gangs project for Home Office/Catch22 in East London – engaged 20 at risk teenage girls and in partnership with Arc Theatre produced anti gang and CSE films
  • Evaluation of CSE in Bedfordshire for the Bedfordshire Policing Crime Commissioner/Hope Programme research project looking at size of the problem, gap in services and training in risk identification
  • Delivered youth leadership training to young people in Haringey and Enfield which focused on girls affected by gangs

Prevent Work

  • Delivering Home Office project targeting 45 young people at risk of radicalisation.
  • Delivered PREVENT consultation/evaluation in Hackney in partnership with the North Muslim Community Centre
  • Delivered a European Extremist Youth Project with young people from the UK, Hungary and Greece
  • Assessed and Evaluated the impact of various projects under the anti terrorism PREVENT programme for Haringey.
  • Delivered of the Young Muslim Leaders Training Programme under the anti terrorism PREVENT programme for Waltham Forest
  • Assessed and advised on the risk to ‘key’ ICONIC sites under the anti terrorism PROTECT programme for Haringey

Youth and Community Engagement

  • Ran separate programmes for most at risk young people with Gillingham, Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur, Charlton Athletic and West Ham football club trusts – engaging high risk youth, changing behaviour and improving life and employability skills
  • Delivering community engagement work DWP in Kent – running programmes to re-engage long term unemployed and get them work ready.
  • Running engagement project for Anchor House Homeless hostel in Newham – working with the residents to upgrade life skills and to empower them to become mentors for other residents
  • Delivering gang and sexual violence projects in Newham and Barking and Dagenham – engaging with victims and offenders to deliver behavioural change and cope and recover strategies

Evaluation work

  • Providing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design advice on Stratford Station Development; Kings College London Developments, TFL on bicycle sites
  • Undertook the Graffiti evaluation and strategy for Transport For London leading to savings of over £1,000,000
  • Undertook evaluation and provided strategic advice on (1) the impact of the Mayors Cycle Hire Scheme on community Safety and (2) the impact of alcohol associated violence and drinking for Camden
  • Provided strategic advice on the police Secured by Design Scheme and the Governments New Schools for the Future for CABE Space
  • Delivered the Community Safety evaluation and strategy for the New Cross Gate New Deal/Trust for Communities Project

Details of some of key youth/community programmes include:

FFWD – For Futures Worth Developing:

A youth leadership programme that enables participants to recognise and realise their true potential.  Short, mid and long-term goals, as well as potential challenges will be identified and strategies developed to overcome them.  Through a series of structured action-based workshops, participants will be better placed to achieve their aspirations and will be able to apply themselves to any challenging situation in a far more positive manner.  FFWD is a flexible framework designed to enable participants to set their own programme goals and can therefore be used to address a wide range of potential needs / challenges and can be tailored to address any issues identified by the referring agency / the participants.

Your Life Is Your Business:

YLiYB is a programme that encourages young people to identify what skills and knowledge they need to make themselves more employable. It encourages young people to use both their time in school/college and their experiences and activities outside of education to widen their career choices.


RESOLVE is a creative, behavioural change group-work intervention programme enabling participants to improve their RESOLVE in order to be able to deal with life in a positive and productive manner.

RESOLVE supports participants to explore the concepts of leadership, conflict and resolution, faith and culture and other topics of their own choosing within the context of their own / local agenda. Through the programme, participants will be able to identify their aspirations / goals and also the potential challenges / obstacles that may be inhibiting their progress; whilst developing strategies to overcome the obstacles if and when they arise.

Through utilising therapeutic techniques and an informal learning methodology RESOLVE leads to significant improvement in participants’ self-belief, motivation and self-awareness and is well-suited to deal effectively with a wide range of needs (including Anger, Violence, LowSelf-Esteem, Substance Misuse, long-term Unemployment, Gangs, Sexual Violence, Domestic Abuse, Offenders / Ex-Offenders, as well as numerous other complex needs).

A typical RESOLVE programme is delivered over 12 2-3 hour facilitated sessions utilising techniques including Group, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Developmental / Strengths Based Approach, Drama / Art Therapy…

We prefer to deliver RESOLVE as an intensive high-impact programme over as short a timeframe as possible (ideally 5 consecutive days). However, we recognise that this is not always the most suitable model and are therefore able to tailor RESOLVE to meet our clients’ specific needs.

THE CIC CHALLENGE – Our aim is to create a fully restorative ethos in the organisations we work with through implementing ‘The Challenge’.

We offer an introduction to Restorative Practice to the whole organisation via training:

To train key staff as leading practitioners in Restorative Practice so they become ‘restorative champions’

To run our ‘FFWD / RESOLVE’ courses over 12 two hour workshops with a target group with in depth support to at risk individuals/groups with our Challenge programme

What is involved?

‘The Challenge’ offers organisations structured development of a holistic restorative approach through a series of facilitated stages.

Peer mediation involves training peer mentors to assist in resolving less serious incidents of conflict in communities. Local agencies staff can also use restorative approaches more informally in dealing with behaviour problems before they become serious issues in the community. Restorative Conferences can be used for the more serious incidents of problematic behaviour, bullying or victimisation to reduce the use of exclusions / other punitive sanctions or, when these cannot be avoided, to support the successful reintegration of the person causing the harm. Our ‘FFWD / RESOLVE’ courses focus on cultural diversity, emotional literacy, conflict resolution skills, truth recognition, accountability, responsibility, resilience and empathy. It is a natural addition to Citizenship / PSHE / other core curriculum courses. ‘The CIC Challenge’ programme brings Victims and Offenders together with their Communities of Care. Through a series of respectful engagements, it positively influences their social context by focusing on building and strengthening relationships.


YoungStars is a Youth Led Enterprise focusing on providing solutions to the problems of Youth Crime & Unemployment that CIC manages and supports. The YoungStars Peace Pledge asks young people to commit to a rejection of street violence through ‘strength in numbers’ via a collective voice for the vast majority of young people who are peaceful. YoungStars aim to unite all the various anti-knife, gun, gang and other campaigning groups who already exist to enable us to reach a tipping point, whereby our collective voice gives us power and it becomes socially unacceptable to be involved in street crime.

YoungStars use ‘Positive Peer Pressure’ to engage other young people in a range of activities that reduce the risk of them becoming involved in crime.

YoungStars is a youth led project, which began at Newham College in the run up to the Olympics.  YoungStars originally came together to address the post-code gang rivalry issue that had sprung up in Newham. The core members have all been affected by gang related violence (some as perpetrators, others as victims and some as witnesses, whilst others have lost siblings and relatives through gang murders). Since they began the project has achieved many accolades – their Peace Pledge was signed by over 7000 young people (see video below).

YoungStars also won the Vinspired London Group Volunteering Award in 2013, the Wilson Hinkes Peace Award in 2012 and the Youth Compassion Award (awarded by His Holiness The Dalai Lama) in 2013 (see video below).

YoungStars are currently redesigning their website and re-focusing their aims / objectives to enable young people in any area to form their own YoungStars ‘Chapters’. Whereby they can participate in YoungStars Training Programmes, attend events, residential trips, and even start selling YoungStars merchandise (through a self-employment model that generated income for them). The YoungStars aim is to become sustainable by providing funding and jobs through their own enterprise models including selling of YoungStars branded merchandise.