Case Study: Research, Evaluation & Design

Croydon Community Partnership Against Trauma


always possible worked with Croydon Community Partnership Against Trauma (CCPAT) to evaluate their pilot project.


This project aimed to build partnerships that bring families, schools and local communities together in an integrated programme to equip young people with the tools to overcome a range of adverse childhood experiences and the skills to achieve their goals.

The CCPAT project used a trauma-informed way of working to identify young people at risk, support their emotional needs, and give them opportunities to connect with their community.

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To achieve this, CCPAT worked with 4 primary schools, 6 secondary schools, 2 colleges, and 12 voluntary and community organisations over a 3-year period to:

  • deliver trauma-informed training to school staff
  • provide young people with intensive 1:1 mentoring delivered by mental health professionals
  • refer young people to aspirational group activities in community settings



This community partnership was a new way of working in Croydon. Although many partners, such as schools and mentoring providers, were already aware of each other before this partnership, CCPAT offered an opportunity for these partners to work together more closely, with a combined goal in mind.

always possible worked with CCPAT across the three years to develop effective methods of measuring and capturing evidence of impact.

The project aims were significantly impacted by the COVID pandemic. Planned interventions with young people and schools needed rethinking and the project adapted to this.


  • Theory of Change workshop
  • Evaluation plan
  • Co-development of collection tools and methods
  • Stakeholder consultation with schools and activity/mentoring providers


  • 3 x yearly reports across the programme ✓
  • 1 x overall project report highlighting the challenges and learnings over the past 3 years ✓
  • 1 x Executive Summary ✓
  • Baseline data for CCPAT to use with any future similar projects