The “BreakThhrough” Project.
A holistic and strategic approach to engage with the ever growing issue of street violence and rising toll in death due to knife and gun crime that are too commonly, affiliated with gangs and the most disadvantaged groups in society. Joining up services such as behavioural consultancy, conflict resolution, employment and therapies. With the approach to mediate and mentor young people from neighbouring boroughs, directly in their communities to equip them with the skills to go back out into their peer groups to start resolving some of the ever growing issues in their communities. The aim of the project is to get through and start engaging, some of the hardest to reach in society. There is a huge problem that we face on a daily basis and in particular within the black community where young people are growing increasingly hostile and although there are services, gang projects and local authorities working to eradicate this, death numbers are rising and there is still a real issue in communities. Families are being torn apart and we have an alarming amount of young people turning to the streets for the security and a sense of purpose. These are vulnerable young people, however they are still young enough to change their circumstances. The BreakThrough project enables these young people through a specially designed delivery programme to get the skills, knowledge and confidence to overcome some of the challenges they face every day. A huge part of the programme will be to train those young people who have successfully engaged in the project to go back out into the communities and mediate and provide conflict resolution back to their peers. Not only will this enable them to be positive contributors in society, but they will know exactly who to target creating a two prong approach. The aim is to capture the problem and actively implement change.