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Organisation: Sova

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Sova is a charity that works in the heart of communities in England and Wales to help people steer clear of crime and to live healthier lives. We do this by making sure that when people find themselves in difficult situations they have someone on their side to help them make better choices so they can stay out of trouble and build better lives. And it’s something we’ve done for more than 40 years.

Our experience has shown us that for people to see new possibilities for themselves, they need to believe they can make good decisions. They need the support of someone from their community. They need financial stability and the chance to work or contribute to society. They need a home. Quite simply, they need a chance. Whether it’s about finding a job or a course, understanding how to manage money or discovering new interests or developing relationships, we help people improve their lives for the better.

By supporting individuals and families to deal with the challenges that are holding them back in life – Sova helps to create a safer, stronger, fairer society.

Pathways Covered

Attitudes, thinking and behaviour


What we do

Sova has a number of projects across the West Midlands which provide mentoring support to offenders both in custody and in the community. For more information please call our Birmingham office on 0121 392 7364

How to access

call: 0121 392 7364

Education, training and employment


What we do

Youth Promise Plus is a partnership of many specialist organisations which support people aged 16-29 who are not in education, training or employment, and who live in Birmingham or Solihull. Sova specialises in working with those who have a history of offending or are at risk of offending and offer free support to young people through 1:1 coaching sessions, great links with employers, advice on disclosing convictions, fun activities, and help with costs for training and travel.

To be eligible for support, the young person must:

 1) Be aged 16-29 years

 2) Not be in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

 3) Reside in Birmingham or Solihull

 4) Have the right to work in the UK

 5) Be at risk of offending – no previous convictions are required

We also have Youth Intervention Workers based at:

  • Bournville Police Station
  • Handsworth Police Station
  • Stechford Police Station
  • Chelmsley Wood Police Station
  • Sutton Coldfield Police Station

How to access

Police referrals can be accessed via the WMP portal and send it to 

Call: 0121 392 7364

Self-referrals or referrals outside of the Police:

Phone: 0121 392 7364

Text: 07512 149646