What we do

Switch Up exists to empower Nottingham’s young people, children and young adults to break the cycle of offending and reoffending.

Switch Up uses tried and tested mentoring techniques along with physical training to engage Nottingham’s young people in positive activity and to steer them away from the circle of crime and gang-criminality.

We deliver mentoring, counselling, accredited non-formal education, personal development workshops, and through-the-gate resettlement mentoring for young people serving custodial sentences.

Through our programmes we help young people to reflect on their lives and to express positive targets for the future.

switch up outcomes

crime prevention

We work with young people at risk of crime & violence, & with young offenders. We steer them away from crime & anti social behaviour, and into more positive activities.

Schools

In schools we improve behaviour, attendance & exam results by running boxing classes, mentoring & personal development workshops.

employment

We get marginalised young people into sustainable employment and training. We work closely with 32 local businesses, many in construction, who offer work placements.
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mental health

Through mentoring, counselling & physical training, we improve mental health. Young people develop self confidence, self esteem, resilience, anger management, & more positive relationships.

physical
health

We improve young people's fitness through 1-2-1 & group sessions at Nottingham School of Boxing. We then see improvements in their health, confidence, endurance & coordination.

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

Switch Up works with young people who find themselves outside of mainstream education, and helps them achieve their potential. Delivering ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION alongside mentoring, we help young people to achieve functional skills, GCSE and ASDAN qualifications, or simply support young people back into mainstream education.

IMPACT

Outcomes twentyeighteen

12,000

hours of boxing delivered

3,000

hours of 1-2-1 mentoring

300

young people engaged

12

competitive new boxers

200
educated through workshops
30
excluded pupils stayed in school
100

boxing sessions in schools

25

people supported in mental health

40

offenders prevented from re-offending

25

care leavers supported to independence

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Make a Difference

We’re delighted to be part of the BBC’s Make a Difference Kit Out the Nation Campaign.

It runs for a month, and is aimed at taking in and distributing unwanted, good condition sports kit and getting it to children and teenagers who need it at a time when the pandemic has seen levels of exercise among young people plummet.

Please bring your donations to us at:

Switch Up Centre / Nottingham School of Boxing, 163 Woodborough Road,  Nottingham. NG3 1AX

At these times:

Monday to Friday 5pm to 7.15pm