Iain Duncan Smith met former gang members and vulnerable youths at Gangs Unite workshops to promote positive lifestyles away from violence and crime.
Mr Duncan Smith said: “Programmes like this one have been incredibly effective in preventing young people getting drawn into gangs as well as helping pull gang members out."
Former gang member and managing director, Colin James said: “We value everyone we mentor or work with as family.
“That’s our model and ethos.
“Everyone has something to offer in life, it’s just they have been unexplored and overlooked but they possess an untapped supply of potential.
“It’s our aim at Gangs Unite to help them recognise their worth and value and help them realise those often unspoken an unsupported dreams.”