Carney’s Community aims to reduce offending, re-offending and anti-social behaviour, whilst improving social mobility and community cohesion. We achieve this by engaging a range of young people, in positive and constructive activities, whilst offering intensive, one to one mentoring.
Carney’s Community is inspired by a hero within the local community, Mick Carney MBE, who turned around many lives through boxing. It was Mick who came up with the idea of Carney’s Community: a project which uses boxing as a way of engaging disadvantaged young people at risk of offending, combined with youth work and mentoring. Mick introduced George Turner, an experienced youth worker (who has managed programmes such as Family Intervention Projects and the Ending Gang and Youth Violence Team), to Mark Reigate, a trained boxing coach, who Mick (and boxing) had saved from a downward spiral into a life of crime. George and Mark had started working together when Mick sadly passed away in November 2011. Following this, George and Mark decided to make the project official and carry on the legacy that Mick Carney created. They named the charity Carney’s Community.