The knife crime and gangs event was really helpful and insightful. Students were engaged throughout and definitely learnt a lot.
We would like to hold more of these for the other years and also do a follow up assembly for the year 8 cohort if possible.
I have cc’d in the relevant teachers who can liaise directly if that is ok with you.
Paula Bull, Head of Year 8
Following a fatal stabbing of a yet another teenager in London recently, I delivered two training sessions to a group of young girls in London to address the risk of youth violence and vulnerabilities in adolescents as they grow up and try and make sense of the world. There is great value in early intervention programs, we must do all we can to save young lives from knife crime and or sexual exploitation, this grassroots work seeks to challenge the notion of ‘hard to reach groups’ and appraise the value of innovation in early intervention. Here’s feedback on the sessions I delivered:
Thank you for the two sessions today. There were 25 girls in each session.
There was lots of meaningful discussion amongst the girls during your session. It was very helpful for them to hear your experience and the real-life experiences of gangs, mental health and women’s experiences in these cases.
The students were able to think honestly about what they would do in difficult situations where mental health is a problem and what to do in those situations.
Students were exposed to some new and vital information around stigmas with mental health and vulnerable groups in society.
It was clearly very interesting and affected the students’ views.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your time and experiences to raise the awareness of our community on the prevention of drugs and alcohol abuse on the evening of Tuesday, May 31st.
It seems everyone I talk to wants me to express appreciation for your inspiring presentation and information.
Your ability to present the subject in such an interesting way produced one of the most memorable evenings in our group’s history.
I would like to invite you for a second workshop after Ramadan (IN Shaa Allah) to meet more young people.
Thanks again for a truly memorable evening. We hope you can join us again.