Search

Free 40-page supplement celebrating the Queen’s record reign in this week’s Recorder

On sale now

Stratford youth conference to co-ordinate response to gun and knife crime

16:19 18 March 2014

A charity will be hosting a youth conference to co-ordinate young people’s response to the rise in knife and gun crime in the borough.

Community Links‘ Street Life initiative encourages young people to explore the issues of guns, gangs and knives and to devise their own solutions to youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

Street Life 2: The Journey Begins is led by a steering group of young people from youth clubs and projects across the borough of Newham who are training to become mentors. It builds on a successful conference event attended by over 300 young people in 2012.

The event at Stratford Circus on April 8 will include a Question Time-style panel with police, elected representatives and families affected by knife crime, as well as a multi-media performance and personal stories told through drama, poetry and song. At the end of the day, the steering group and the participants will determine the strategy for the next phase of the project.

Richard Rowe, Community Links youth operations manager, said: “Street Life aims to equip young people with the relevant skills to ensure they are part of the consultation process, can make informed choices and socially educate other young people about the effects of knife and gun crime in their own communities.”

As part of the awareness-raising work on knife crime in Newham, Street Life runs workshops at Community Links’ neighbourhood hubs on gangs, substance misuse and sexual health aimed at young people at risk of getting enticed into gang culture. Other workshops have focused on the consequences of the problem including first-aid courses on knife and gunshot wounds.

Young people who want to attend the Street Life 2 conference should contact Richard Rowe on 07785 612781 or email him at richard.rowe@community-links.org

0 comments

Latest News Stories

17:06
A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized. Picture: AP Photo/DHA/PA Images

MPs Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown have both called for Britain to accept more refugees on a day when photographs of a drowned boy in Turkey have shocked the world.

David Cameron
How the Olympic Stadium will look once West Ham move in

The government has rejected a plea by supporters of eight London football clubs to open an inquiry into West Ham FC’s tenancy of the former Olympic stadium.

Newham Council
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a violent assault in Barking

Police have arrested a man in Waltham Forest in connection with a fire in Forest Gate this morning.

London Ambulance Service
Student architects will work on the Millennium Mills site

Architecture students at the University of East London are set to benefit from real world experience in shaping the future of a corner of Newham.

University of East London

Most read news

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Read more
Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder