A Sanctuary Housing resident from Hackney is organising a community event to bring people together and help tackle youth street crime.
Rev Joycelyn Dankwa, of Shepherd Fold Ministries, is organising a ‘Young Lives Matter’ parents and youth open forum at Kingsmead Community Hall, in Kingsmead Way, from 12 noon until 4pm on Saturday 20 October.
The event, which is supported by Sanctuary and Awards for All, will feature interactive workshops and a panel of speakers discussing topics such as the language used by young people and the effects of social media.
A previous session held at Banister Community Centre in July was well-attended and organisers hope this latest event will again bring local parents and young people together to raise awareness of the issues surrounding gun and knife-related crime and work together towards prevention.
Rev Dankwa said: “Our children’s future is being harmed by youth violence and knife crime, but we can make a real difference if we work together and act now.”
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “The forum is having a real impact in Hackney and making a positive difference in tackling a difficult issue head-on.”
Refreshments will be available at the event and anyone who would to attend should register online. For more information about the event or the forum’s work, call Rev Dankwa on 07583 165389 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sanctuary has supported the Young Lives Matter campaign through its Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.