Jennifer Blake – Independent Gangs Consultant
Jennifer Blake is a community support worker and independent gangs consultant who formerly ran Safe ‘N’ Sound, a voluntary organisation designed to address the needs of young people. It provided practical, emotional and psychological support for young people and parents covering a wide range of issues, and a key part of their work was working directly with perpetrators of crime.
Jennifer was inspired to set up Safe’N’Sound in 2004. She became increasingly concerned and recognised the increasing challenges, social issues, high levels of exclusion and criminal activity among young people. As an ex gang leader she is well placed to understand the needs of young people. She has an inspired insight of the types of services that are needed to enable change to take place. She now delivers these services as an independent gangs consultant.
Using a range of tried and tested methods she uses the skills they bring to the table to motivate young people to strive for change and to take responsibility for their own actions. Jennifer has provided services since 2005 to organisations such as social services, probation, schools and Youth Offending Teams.