How catering can help vulnerable children and young people avoid a life of crime - with Andrez Harriott
Andrez is the founder of The Liminality Group, an organisation dedicated to preventing and reducing offending among children and young people across the United Kingdom. He is also a musician and he found success in the 1990s as part of the renowned British RnB band Damage, selling over 2 million records and touring the world.
Since 2005, Andrez has dedicated his life to working with young people and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds and those at risk of offending. He holds a First Class combined degree in Criminology and Sociology and spent a decade as a youth justice practitioner, specialising in resettlement of young people leaving custody.
Andrez founded The Liminality Group in 2011 to design, develop and deliver programmes to target the huge range of factors associated with offending. His work in this field has been recognised by multiple bodies, not least the Ministry of Justice.
Part of The Liminality Group’s work is providing opportunities for private sector organisations and individuals to support and invest in the future of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and communities. Recently they have partnered with the street food market operators KERB to provide work placements preparing food and serving the public which is how we came to hear of them.
In this episode we discuss how Andrez found his calling, how he engages with children and young people to show them the consequences of making bad choices, the other options available to them, and the ways in which the catering industry can help to support this important work. It is a fascinating and engaging conversation full of great, practical takeaways. It will speak particularly to those who feel that anyone can make a bad decision and that children always deserve love, support and a second chance.