Ether (Wipers) Programme (2016)

Summary: Programme designed to support BAME boys to increase personal development and leadership skills.
Age: 10-17
Sex: male
Cost: yes




  • Support children from young black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) background to increase personal development and leadership skills.



The Programme is 8 weeks long, with each session lasting 90 minutes. The Programme is targeted specifically at BAME males. Some of the core components of the Programme include:

  • Identity and perception of self
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Attitude and behaviour
  • Independent thinking

Wipers run the programme on behalf of the Service, on site (or where deemed appropriate) and also complete pre and post questionnaires with children to track any changes.

You can access video testimonials from children that attended the Ether Programme here.


Both Hammersmith and Fulham YOS and Camden YOT overall have received positive feedback from the children and staff around the programme.



Implementing the practice:

  • Camden YOT have a Session Worker that attend together with the Wipers team to support and co-facilitate the Ether sessions. The staff that attends from the YOT is a staff member that is also from a BAME background, in keeping with the ethos of the programme.
  • Camden YOT pay for the programme, which runs on average twice yearly, via the YOT budget.
  • Hammersmith and Fulham, also commission the training through the YOT budget as well as match funding opportunity with Wipers.
  • At Camden YOT, staff from Wipers attend a pre-interview with the young people that have been referred to the programme to ensure suitability and support positive engagement.
  • Hammersmith and Fulham YOS also have a member of staff that liaises and co-facilitates with Wipers, however the person is rotated based on availability of staff.
  • Wipers, complete an evaluation at the end of the programme with the Services and provide that informationto the YOT.



Youth Offending Team: Hammersmith and Fulham YOS
Name: Alison Sabaroche

Youth Offending Team: Camden YOT
Name: Arthur Waters


Source Organisation: Wipers
Name: Sammy Odoi