Kristel Campbell BA (Hons)

Founder and MD of Prodigal Love CIC

Kristel initially founded Prodigal Love Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2008, whilst working as a full time Youth Offending Team (YOT) Officer for London Borough of Croydon. Kristel has worked with young people from a wide range of backgrounds within both voluntary and statutory settings since 2001 including; Lambeth and Wandsworth YOTs (Intensive Supervision & Surveillance Team), Wandsworth, Bromley & Surrey YOTs Bail and Remand Teams, Wandsworth Early Intervention Team, as a Family Contact Supervisor in various London Boroughs and as a Youth Worker for Croydon Youth Services.

Over this period of time and vast experiences gained, by 2006, Kristel wanted to do something about improving the quality of the services for young people to reduce their risk of offending and homelessness.

Despite having been in roles which involved working with a plethora of organisations claiming to be able to deliver services for this risky and vulnerable group of young people, the quality of these services were wide ranging and at times inappropriate. Furthermore, with local government cutbacks it was increasingly apparent that statutory services were not able to meet the specific individual needs of complex young people; only able to address the immediate presenting issues, as opposed to the fundamental causes for frequent “crisis” points in these young people’s lives. These common crisis points and their consequences often lead to criminalisation and isolation from families.

Kristel has been instrumental to positive changes made in the lives of the young people she has worked with and is passionate about Prodigal Love supporting particularly “difficult”, risky and vulnerable young people reach their full potential, despite their mistakes and the bad decisions they may have made.

Prodigal Love CIC currently trains community volunteers in partnership with Drop the Tag with a Level 2 NCFE Mentoring Award and pairs them up with young people (from age 12 to 25yrs old) for an Intensive Personal Coaching Service. This service supports statutory provisions such as schools, pupil referral units, probation and Youth Offending Services with specific individual support.

Prodigal Love also delivers a bespoke youth intervention program called “My Evolution Theory”. This programme gives young people the opportunity to “write their own story” by engaging them in a wide range of positive challenging actives to motivate and inspire.

Kristel has a BA Honours in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Westminster and is a student at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, which is empowering her develop four “Big Ideas” from which the revenue will fund Prodigal Love’s current work and beyond!

Our Volunteers

Prodigal Love boasts a combined 20 years worth of experience of working with young people in various contexts. Our Volunteers have been meticulously selected through a process of completion of an application form; interview; barring & disclosure checks and successful completion of a Level 2 NCFE course in Mentoring. This is delivered over a 4 – 6 week period in partnership with Training & Consultancy organisation, Drop the Tag.

Successful volunteers were selected on the basis of their experience; commitment to Prodigal Love’s Vision, Mission & Values and flexibility.

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