London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) August 04, 2009 -- Housing Associations in Croydon and Youth Agencies are staging an anti gun & knife crime awareness event for the young people of Croydon.
The aim of the event is to:
Raise awareness amongst young people on the dangers of gun and knife crime and gang involvement and reduce the risk of young people entering into anti-social criminal or other detrimental activity by providing a range of positive activities.
To provide an opportunity for young people to express themselves on gun and knife-related issues affecting them and promote routes to education, training opportunities and employment.
To encourage communities to unite and make a stand against the violence on the streets:
To create a platform for future partnership working and best practice and raise profile of partnerships involved.
The event is free and aimed at young people aged between 11- 19. They will have the opportunity to join in workshops, seminars, question and answer session, watch a screening of anti gun film Hip Hop Opera and listen to live performances centred around the issue of Gun & Knife crime.
The programme of events on the day will include:
* Workshops conducted by Foundation 4 Life on various topics and issues which will be interactive, engaging and motivational * Screening of Donât Trigger Film: Hip Hop Opera: A film that hi-lights the tragic consequences of gun crime on our streets narrated by local Croydon Youth * Question & Answer Session: An opportunity for young people to have their say and put their questions to Key Croydon People: Police, Council, MPs, ex-gang members, parents who have lost children to gun and knife crime. * Speeches from local parents who have lost children to gun & knife crime * Live performances from UK recording artist & MOBO winner Chipmunk alongside unsigned local talent acts JKadet, Dominic Norman, Dvyne and Kandice Johnson
The event is free and open to all young people between the ages of 11 and 19 in the community', and will finish at 5.30pm. Free refreshments will be provided.
Kevin Jones, the Neighbourhood Services Director L&Q said, 'The success of the Put It Down event last year demonstrated that gun and knife crime is a very real concern for young people . We have an important role to play here and I'm delighted that we're supporting Put It Down 2. '
Put It Down: Part 2 Wednesday 26th August 2009 Fairfield Hall Park Lane Croydon 1pm â 5.30pm Free event - Strictly Ticket only: Ticket info line: L&Q Housing: 0208 875 5964 AmicusHorizon: 07970 961250 Donât Trigger: 07956 101387 For further information contact: Lucia Hinton on 0207 735 0012/ 07956 101 387 Emil: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
L&Q are the lead Housing Association on this project
Put It Down: Part 2 is being staged/funded/supported by the following organisations:
L&Q, AmicusHorizon , Broomleigh Housing Association , Croydon Churches Housing Association , Family Mosaic , Servite Houses ,South London YMCA Wandle Housing Association, Wealden Services (L&Q Contractor) Foundation4Life, Rap Academy, Urban Concepts
L&Q is one of the UKâs largest housing associations and manages nearly 60,000 homes across London and the South-East. L&Q is committed to investing in local neighbourhoods and communities and has dedicated Neighbourhood Investment teams. L&Q works in partnership with local authorities and local and national voluntary and community agencies to develop opportunities for residents.
Foundation 4 Life (F4L) is a ground breaking consultancy which specializes in the training, consultation and delivery of âBehavioural Modification Workshops/ Programmes for young offenders or young people who are considered to be at risk of offending/ re-offending. Central to F4L is our unique team of professionally trained reformed ex-offenders /gang members. F4L have developed a Qualified Peer Mentors Scheme which sees College Students & Our Workers are matched up with young people at risk of offending/ exclusion This forms part of our packaged programme offering or as a stand-alone service. F4Lâs Training Service offers a range of specialist training courses for practitioners and individuals working with young offenders. Foundation 4 Life is an established Training and Employment Channel for Ex-Offenders.
Donât Trigger Campaign [http://www.dont-trigger.com]
A nationwide anti gun campaign, raising awareness and highlighting the devastation that gun and knife crime has on families and communities. The film âHip Hop Operaâ is a fusion of fiction, fact, music videos, docu-film and contributions from politicians and real victims. This hard hitting tale shows how a situation of disrespect can escalate to tragic consequences. Hip Hop Opera contains scenes of conflict resolution; heart felt testimonies from parents who have lost children to gun and knife crime and speeches from politicians, senior police and community leaders. This 30 minute film will be narrated by young people from Croydon who will act out scenes of conflict resolution. The young people will be chosen after an audition staged in conjunction with Foundation for Life
Jahmaal Fyffe, born November 1990 is best known by the stage name Chipmunk a result of his unusual dentition. He is a Mobo Award winning rapper from England. He released his mixtape, "League of My Own", on 11 February 2008 and made a music video for "Who Are You". He was then featured on "Defeat You" with N-Dubz. On 1 December 2008 he released the single "Beast". The song received airplay on BBC 1Xtra but didn't manage to get into the UK Singles Chart. On 2 March 2009, he released his next single "Chip Diddy Chip", which reached number 21 in The Official UK Chart. The video featured many artists in the video, as well as Flawless dance group. His debut studio album is due to be released in 2009. Chipmunk was also featured on the remix of "Take Me Back" by Taio Cruz and Tinchy Stryder. Chipmunk recently confirmed to MTV on set of his video shoot for "Diamond Rings" he said that after discussions with his management he would be signing his first record deal with Sony Music after a long bidding war to sign him.
Croydon has approximately 90,000 young people and the largest number aged 10-17 of the 32 London Boroughs. Just over 45,000 children and young people are of school age [5-16]. During school term time around 50,000 young people travel through Croydon before and after school hours. Croydon has the highest number of youth victims of crime in London.
Source: Croydon Crime Reduction Strategy
National Youth Agency
One in five 16-year-old boys admitted attacking someone intending to hurt them seriously. Twenty-five per cent of young people at school admitted that they had carried a penknife compared to 46 percent of excluded students
Nearly half of excluded young people (47%) admit to having carried a weapon, but say they never used it. A further 21 per cent have threatened somebody with a knife
Of these, 30 per cent have carried a flick knife, 20 per cent an air gun and 16 per cent a kitchen knife