About us

A brief history

Supporting Communities was born out of our sister organisation Sporting Communities. Whilst engaging young people and communities in sport, physical activity and the creative arts, it was identified that to make a true difference to people’s behaviours, wrap around support was required.

As such the organisation provided mentoring, family support and training to broaden and enhance young people’s life chances. This grew even more to include community mediation between groups of young people and between young people and the wider community which gave birth to the Community Reassurance programme, which was developed with Derbyshire police and OPCC.

In addition, with the growing levels of deprivation, the Trustees developed the Cook, Eat, Play programme to provide safe spaces for parents, children and families experiencing poverty to come together and play, learn about how to prepare healthy balanced meals and connect with other members of their community. It also provided opportunities for families to access sensitive advice and guidance, referral pathways, or essential relief aids around period and food poverty.

This programme was recognised by Children and Young People Now and became the foundation for the Department for Education’s Holiday Activity and Food programme.

With the growing need, it was clear that in order to effectively provide the support required to ensure that young people and families are happy, healthy and leading fulfilling lives, the services would need to stand alone and in May 2022 Supporting Communities was formed.

Our Services

Supporting Communities provides a raft of supportive services. Our Support services offer personalised guidance and assistance to children, families and communities aligned to our Objectives.

Youth Support


1-2-1 guidance and support

Classroom support

Family Support

Behavioural management

Documentation assistance

Financial advice and benefits support

Detached Work

Street-based social support
Community mediation
Outreach work

Poverty Relief

Advice and guidance
Facilitating referrals to crisis support

Emotional support

Charity Objectives

The objects of the CIO, to be carried out for the public benefit are:

  • The relief of those in need, by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage through the provision of food, items, services and support to individuals in need.
  • The preservation and protection of good mental health and wellbeing through the provision of counselling and mentoring to support children and families from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • The prevention of crime for the public benefit by undertaking programmes and initiatives within communities located in areas of social and economic deprivation designed to reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour and reduce the number of young people entering the criminal justice system.