Action Guidance Plus works on a number of different projects with a variety of different partners from the media, the corporate world, sports organisations, charities and academia all with the shared aim of creating opportunities for young people and raising aspirations.
Anthony first worked with UnderworldTV in 2018 as he was featured in the channel 4 show produced by UnderworldTV called 'What makes a murderer?'. This is a three-part series within which neuro-criminologist Professor Adrian Raine teams up with leading forensic psychologist Dr. Vicky Thakordas-Desai, to take three convicted murderers on a documentary journey of self-discovery. Made by Dragonfly and UnderworldTV, a production company that brings together programme-makers and convicted ex-criminals, the series asked Anthony to explore his life and crimes in unprecedented detail, while experts helped him to uncover previously hidden sociological, biological and psychological factors that may have influenced his behavioural traits, actions and ultimately, his path to criminality. Anthony now shares this understanding directly to young people so that they may learn from his history in order to change their future.
Kicks is a youth development programme run by Manchester City Football Club in 2018/19. The education officer for City in the Community Chris Johnston said:
"Our hard to reach participants were fully engaged in your motivational workshops, sharing your real-life stories about the impact prison life and crimes had upon you, your family, victims and future life aspirations. Sharing these stories helped the young people to understand the consequences of poor choices and how to avoid crime. Most struggled to sit and engage in a classroom environment but were captivated by your delivery"
Anthony spends time helping out at Brixton Soup Kitchen with the founder Soloman Smith and co-workers. Here he helps the volunteers and talks to those who are using the soup kitchen in order to inspire hope.
The soup kitchen also delivers food to vulnerable peoples homes in the community who cannot attend the soup kitchen in person. Anthony takes the time to help out whenever he is in Brixton, giving back to his childhood community.
Anthony has been working with the Mercedes-Benz Apprentership Academy since 2016. He works with their latest young recruits to inspire and motivate them. Detailing his life story an the lessons that can be learned from it, he motivates them to set aspirational goals and keep their eyes on the target. Reminding them about the opportunities that they have available to them through Mercedes-Benz and within wider society.
The young people on the apprenticeship programme have given consistent positive praise for Anthony and the work he does with them. As such nthony has become regular at the academy and a staple part of the Mercedes-Benz curriculum for new recruits.
Lancaster Law School and the makers of Channel 4 TV programme What Makes a Murderer, Underworld TV to present a unique opportunity to hear from four amazing speakers exploring the events, influences, and opportunities which contributed to their relationship with crime and how they use these experiences to create change today. Anthony is one of the main speakers at this event which is running sponsored by The European Social Research Council (ESRC). The event is aimed at the general public to help them understand how people become criminal, the experience of punishment and how people like Anthony are changing lives and making society a safer place to live.
If you would like to register for this event, visit here
Jamie Lawrence is an ex-premiership football player who has a football academy to support young people in South London. There they do youth mentoring with a focus on personal fitness. This is a passion that Anthony and Jamie share as Anthony often uses lessons from health fitness and wellbeing within his programmes and outreach work with young people. Whilst this is not a formal partnership Anthony and Jamie Lawrence have similar life experiences, goals and support each others endeavours.
Anthony has an excellent working relationship with Deffenders Entertainment (Record Label). He has worked with them in the past to bring socially excluded young people in to experience the music industry, helping them to imagine different futures, set high aspirational goals and believe that they can achieve them. Deffender Ent also funds independent media charity Community Youth London, who deliver a range of engagement and accredited programmes.
The picture is of a young person Anthony works with who aspires to work in the music industry in the studio.