About us

The chayah Group was formed in 2012, by a group of young people and our founder Hyacinth Francis who had had enough of the ‘street’ lifestyle; they wanted to be able to live without fear and have a hope of a future with their upcoming families. We intentionally wanted to only cover the gang avoidance related matters but as we addressed each area, we would uncover another and then found that we had to deal with it and soon realised that someone in the group had or was experiencing it.

For over 10 years we have supported many of the young people of the city through crisis times. The Chayah Group formerly Mothers against Crime was formed by parents to support each other’s children. Over the years parents have stepped back and the forerunners for the project are the young people who themselves have become alarmed at the mentality of the streets.

Out of the group, we formed two target specific channels that deal with similar issues but using different but effective methods.

Chayah Development Project was set up to engage with the girls who have slipped under the radar and seeking a safe place to gain strength and focus to exit the lifestyle that was once glamorous and now filled with fear, violence and controlling.

Chayah Men was developed to target our young men as we have experienced that many of the young men who have also become deep in the street life also need an exit but not having anything to focus on or work towards gave them no options but to stay where it was comfortable.

Our Record so far:

In the past we have:

  • Held sports days in Nottingham and other cities
  • Midnight football matches
  • Carnival
  • Masquerade Balls
  • General meeting different age groups to bridge the generation gap.
  • We currently run a hostel for young women under 25 in the Nottingham area

If you need help and/or support

If you need help and/or support on the many different issues that can affect young people please contact us at:


Tel: 0115 9241 244
alternatively you can email us on:

Reach Programme
Chayah Project
Chayah Men
Chayah Sports


Chayah Development Project
Unit 18, 3 Hawksworth Street
Renewal Trust Business Centre
Nottingham NG32EG


Email: info@chayahgroup.co.uk
Tel: 0115 9241 244

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