Who we are
The Gap was established in 2008 with the intention of engaging with and investing in the lives of hard- to-reach or marginalised young people in Sutton Coldfield town centre and the immediate surrounding areas.
The charity changed its name in September 2023 to be The Gap (Midlands) to reflect the wider area where it operated within, not just in Sutton Coldfield.
We look to step into the gap between exclusion and acceptance, between condemnation and understanding, between apathy and hope. We seek to demonstrate by what we do, that actions really do speak louder than words.
We are committed to creating and improving opportunities for the more excluded and marginalised young people from ages 12-19 by assisting them in developing their skills, capabilities and realising their full potential irrespective of their gender, circumstances or situations. Through listening, mentoring and caring we endeavour to help them grow into positive citizens as they gradually take their place in society as responsible adults.
It has always been the ethos of The Gap to meet young people where they are. Our first step in doing that is to build trust and relationships, engaging with them on their terms and in a non- threatening or judgmental environment.
We do all of this mostly through our free of charge drop-in centre called The Venue as well as getting referrals from schools, parents and other youth linked organisations for the additional projects we run.