Newham crime-fighting group bags CiN grant

A Newham project that combats crime and anti-social behaviour with sports and personal development has received more that �58,000 from Children in Need.

It is part of more than �2.8million handed out by the BBC’s Children in Need appeal to projects across London. The money was part of record funds raised in its November 2011 appeal.

BBC Children in Need relies on the support and phenomenal creativity of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time, money and energy to help raise millions. Whether it’s cake sales or marathons, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects right here in the UK.

Amongst the projects in London receiving grants in this round is Fight for Peace, who has been awarded a three year grant of �58,462. This three-year part grant will contribute to the posts of Youth Engagement Officer and Support Services Mentor, plus sessional coaches, equipment and support costs. The project will work with 300 children and young people aged 11-18 years from the London Borough of Newham who are at risk of becoming involved in crime, gangs and violence.

Fight for Peace has developed the Twilight Programme, a prevention and rehabilitation model to confront the problem of child and youth participation in crime within disadvantaged communities and to help young people reach their full potential.

Fight for Peace was established in Newham in partnership with Community Links. It works by engaging young people within the community to offer them real alternatives to involvement with gangs, gun/knife crime and offending behaviour.

David Ramsden, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need said: “We are delighted to announce another �2.8 million of funding that will help hundreds of projects like Fight for Peace. Our last Appeal was a record breaker and all our supporters should be really proud of how they are helping to change to young lives right across the UK.”

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Lord Henley, minister of state for crime prevention and anti-social behaviour, dropped by the Fight for Peace Academy in North Woolwich on May 29 to see their youth programme in action.

The academy, in Woodman Street, combines boxing and martial arts with education and personal development to keep young people aged 11 to 25 from turning to violence.

The programme is modelled on the Five Pillars, which includes free access to Boxing and Martial Arts, Education, Employability, Youth Support Services and Youth Leadership.