Supporting community-led projects to help your local area recover from the COVID-19 crisis
We are offering the changing lanez project to work in partnership with schools, youth provisions and external agencies to engage children/YP (young people) at risk of gang affiliation, grooming, criminal or sexual exploitation. To support them to identify the early signs of being targeted/groomed through coercion. Empowering through innovative workshops based around spoken words/poetry, music, dance, and drama. There is an emergence of children being targeted from the age of 9 years old to be used as drug runners and criminally exploited/trafficked for the purpose of county lines. For this reason, the first half of this project acts as an early intervention (aged 9-13) programme and the second half as a diversionary programme (aged 14-19). Alongside the project we will offer a package support plan of one to one intensive key work to support YP to become EET (Employment, Education and Training) ready and progress into positive outcomes.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We aim to tackle the knife and gang crime epidemic in London .This has had devastating consequences in many communities throughout London. We believe we have the skills, knowledge and first hand experience to engage young people most at risk through developing solution focused innovative and ground-breaking workshops. To empower and educate disenfranchised groups of YP to not become a product of their environment and to make positive life choices. We believe our project will contribute to the reduction of crime rates, and help the economy to support YP into EET and help children to make more informed decisions at the most vulnerable stages of their lives. We are targeting highly affected areas that are entrenched in gang activity, to divert and engage children as an early intervention tool. Currently, there is a gap in the provision provided for children at risk of gang/criminal exploitation which is the root of the problem.
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About the space
London Borough of Lewisham