Shaw Trust Activity Hubs

10 sites across England

In July 2021 we began delivering advice services through Shaw Trust Activity Hubs as part of a project funded specifically to help reduce re-offending. The key aims of these services are to:

  • Actively engage participants who have complex or multiple barriers, and who are unlikely to benefit from other services, offering support through 1-2-1 and group settings.
  • Support a recovery journey led by the participant to encourage sustained engagement and progression.
  • Develop an individual’s life skills, communication and self-worth in preparation for the next steps on their journey, and signposting to other provisions as needed.
  • Reduce and remove barriers to community reintegration.

These services are delivered at 10 sites across the West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England



This CFO3 programme is a co-financed project part-funded by the European Social Fund to help reduce reoffending.

Shaw Trust is a social purpose organisation challenging inequality and breaking down barriers to enable social mobility.

The Services

Debt, Money and Budgeting Advice

  • Exploring and recording financial income and expenditure
  • Checking benefit entitlement
  • Looking at ways to increase income, reduce spending and find the best value for money
  • Creating a budget to take better control of the finances in the future
  • Contacting creditors to confirm any debt; to setup or explore reducing an instalment plan, apply for a payment holiday and, where possible, write off specific debt

Accommodation Advice

  • Looking at the current housing situation
  • Assisting with emergency housing and repairs
  • Exploring potential housing changes – taking into account rent arrears, anti-social behaviour, breach of tenancy etc.
  • Checking restrictions on residency under licence
  • General advice and support with identifying, securing and sustaining tenancies

Access to Services

  • Securing identification
  • Opening a bank account
  • Assisting with self-disclosure statements
  • Offering welfare advice
  • Applying for grants and funding

Gambling Support

  • Exploring gambling habits
  • Offering workbooks containing useful advice and tips
  • Setting up an action plan
  • Referral to a 24-hour support line

Accessing Activity Hubs

For more information, including eligibility and how to access services at Activity Hubs, please see further details via the Shaw Trust website.

Shaw Trust