Gangsline’s beginning came as a result of receiving a small funding grant to support individuals and families who were fearful about the involvement of people they knew in gangs. Since then Gangsline has expanded from an information and advice service to a highly successful and respected outreach and mentoring service, under the name Targeted Against Gangs (TAG).
Today Gangsline delivers its unique services by providing a proactive and reactive approach that offers support and exit strategies to young men and women involved in gangs, and an effective prevention service to young people on the peripheries of gang activity. Our specialist outreach response team – all of whom are ex-gang members themselves – are uniquely placed to access and work alongside even the most high risk gang leaders and members.
Since its inception Gangsline has effectively addressed the root causes of why young people turn to the ‘comfort’ that gang membership provides. These reasons may be incomprehensible to mainstream society, but issues such as family breakdown, anger, the consequences of societal rejection, emotional hurt, unresolved conflict, a (missing) sense of belonging, the dangers of the disillusioned and the despair of struggling parents and absent fathers have all had a massive contribution to the choices made by many of our socially excluded young people. In response to the presented issues, Gangsline has a no holds barred approach that focuses on notions of responsibility, morality, positive thinking, anger management, self- belief, leadership, success and purpose.