No Cracks


By tackling the key causes of reoffending and providing planned and intensive support, this project aims to reduce the number of young people who reoffend when they leave Youth Offending Institutions or Prisons. Following release, young people aged between 15 and 23, looking to resettle in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, can take advantage of the support provided by No Cracks.

A Key Worker is allocated to each client to assess individual need and identify which services will be required on release. Bespoke support is available to help tackle a variety of issues, from basic life skills to seeking employment, organising benefits, securing accommodation and support in dealing with the problems of addiction, self-harm and relationships.

In consultation with their client the Key Worker will, before release, establish a personal plan and then be available to meet them at the gates and settle them into their new accommodation. Following this the Key Worker will liaise with the Youth Offending Service and Probation Service to ensure that their client attends the required meetings and accesses the relevant services. At this stage, if it is felt appropriate, a volunteer mentor will be assigned.

No Cracks is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. The project takes a partnership approach, with staff and expertise provided by YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, The Papworth Trust and St Giles Trust. Other organisations involved in the partnership are Probation services and Youth Offending services across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. Support for education, training and access to employment is provided by A2E (Access to Employment) and various colleges and apprenticeship providers.

Here are some stats:

  • Approximately 60% of young adults (aged 18-20) are reconvicted within one year of their release. For those under 18 years of age, this figure increases to 78% (Ministry of Justice, 2011). In 2013, this figure was 40% among No Cracks clients.
  • In 2012, up to 84% of people reporting as homeless were reconvicted within two years (Ministry of Justice, 2012). In 2013, 100% of No Cracks clients were accommodated following release from custody.
  • In 2012, 60% of those released from custody with no qualifications were reconvicted within one year (Ministry of Justice, 2012). In the past 6 months, the No Cracks team has helped 40% of its clients gain recognised qualifications.

For further information please contact the No Cracks Project Manager, Morgan Price on 07799 901 501 or emailĀ nocracks@theymca.org.uk