Evaluations into our work with women and families

The Benefits Of Early Intervention – Evaluation Of The CAFÉ Gamechangers Project

Date: 2013

Evaluated by: Frontier Economics

Project overview: Gamechangers aims to reach the most marginalised families and help break the cycles of crime, poverty and unemployment they often face. Gamechangers is innovative drawing on a combination of St Giles experience working with gangs allied with conventional family support workers.

Key outcomes:

  • Some local authorities estimate that they spend up to 10 times more on troubled families than on ‘average’ families - the overall cost of troubled families to the public purse is in the region of £9bn
  • Helping ex-offenders find work can reduce their likelihood of re-offending, which is very costly. The cost of keeping a male in prison for a year alone exceeds £28,000 (Interface Enterprises Cost Calculator) while career criminals cost society around £1.2m
  • There is substantial evidence linking child outcomes at age 3 to later childhood and adulthood development in several areas including crime, education, health and employment.

To date, the project has achieved very positive outcomes including (not limited to):

  • Finding temporary accommodation for 23 families and permanent accommodation for 10 families and saving 17 families from eviction
  • Supporting 20 families with improving their children’s school attendance
  • Supporting 15 clients to access drug support services and 6 clients to access alcohol support services
  • Training people to NVQ level 3 in Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) groups, with 20 local people (under 35) gaining the qualification.

Download our Gamechangers Evaluation

Get the latest from the St Giles Newsletter

Receiving our newsletter will mean you will be the first to hear about the impact of our work. latest news, invitations to events and find out ways you can support us.