14th February 2019 11:59am
Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) teamed up with Greenwich Young People's Council and the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) to host the Anti-Knife Crime Summit on Thursday 14 February, encouraging young people to take a stand against knife crime.
Up-to 6 young people from each schools and alternative education provision were invited, learnt about the topic and addressed the event’s key message, Choose Life, Not The Knife!
Young Greenwich was joined by other organisations at the summit which was broken down into a variety of workshops led by youth organisations; The 4 Front Project, Street Doctors & RevolYOUtion, who work with YMCA Thames Gateway – partner of Young Greenwich. The 4 Front Project workshops explored the emotional impact and the laws and responsibilities around knife possession whilst RevolYOUtion focussed on the key facts around the topic.
The Street Doctors’ workshop was centred about the effects of knife crime to the body and emergency first aid; teaching young people how to handle an emergency situation. The young people also received a certificate from the Street Doctors after their session.
The young people had the opportunity to speak to guest speakers about knife-crime in a Q&A session with a diverse panel:
- Romzy – Multi-genre music artist
- Cllr Danny Thorpe
- Florence Kroll - RBG Director of Children's Services
- Andy Carter - South East Basic Command Unit Superintendent
- Sam – CACT youth mentor
Romzy (17) is from South East London and attended Woolwich Common Youth Hub in his early teens where he expressed his musical talents. Engaged with the day’s event, Romzy said
“Build a strong relationship with your family members, don’t let negativity build up inside you and make sure your voice is heard... I’m all about the next generation and helping young people have a better life.”
Additional speakers & guests included Temi Mwale, Founder of The 4 Front Project, Cllr Jackie Smith – Cabinet member for Community Safety, Street Violence Ruins Lives Campaign project lead, Paul Robinson, and CAFC player & SVRL volunteer Junior Quitirna.
Charlton Athletic’s 18-year-old midfielder Junior and a supporter of the Street Violence Ruins Lives campaign. He also shared his experience and advised the young people on the steps to take to avoid youth violence.
Ending the insightful event on a positive note, the young people had the opportunity to give their views on what could be done to reduce knife crime in Royal Greenwich.