YOUTH UNITY DAY ~ AN ANTI KNIFE EVENT

by Shirley Jackson in Dagenham, England, United Kingdom

YOUTH UNITY DAY ~  AN ANTI KNIFE EVENT
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Our vision is for CONSCIOUS to be a one stop shop for all grass roots community organisations, families and young people

by Shirley Jackson in Dagenham, England, United Kingdom

Vision – a unified approach to building communities and to tackle the rise in youth violence 

Our vision is for CONSCIOUS to be a one stop shop for all grass roots community organisations, families and young people

THE EVENT ON 22ND JUNE where we plan to kick start our project

  

Figures from London's Metropolitan police showed that knife crime surged by 16 per cent in the capital year-on-year in 2018, as Britain's crime epidemic continues. There were 1,299 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police.

In 2017-18, there were 137 knife offences for every 100,000 people in the capital. 

The lack of regard for community voices and lack of representation of residents at decision making arenas must improve if there are to be any changes.

These changes can only happen if resources are joined together to build skills. By bringing groups together, resources and skills can be shared to help create a collective voice for communities.

YOUTH UNITY DAY – This will be a positive annual event to promote the work of all the groups involved. People will be bringing families and friends to bring a community together and provide opportunities for young people and attract volunteers and new partners. With a vision to take this on a “roadshow” around the country.

Our plan is to develop a pan-London network of organisations that can effectively provide local solutions to the problem and have a real impact on communities. Whilst gaining understanding of the causes of these issues we can utilise the experiences and expertise of these groups. We are currently building a directory style website with a forum for groups, organisations and small businesses to start working collectively to build projects for our communities. There is strength in numbers!

We need to change the tone of the conversation and focus on the positive. Whilst ensuring that the issues are raised and dealt with strategically, we need to provide young people with a platform, parents with support and skills and communities with opportunities.

For organisations to start networking and working more in partnerships for long term growth to help families and youth in a positive way in which, long term will pay off.

For young people to participate in sports to help show that you can be friends with no matter the area, race or age we can all be a positive impact in our own ways therefore, we hope people can take this home with them and implement it to their lives.  Involving CIC organisations together from music, sports and mentoring we are showing how working in unity can make positive changes, and by not taking ownership but working together we can build long term projects for everyone involved.

 

On the day

A main stage showcasing young talent alongside well-known music artists from the circuit which will also include YOUTH performance, we need to empower them and build them up in every way possible.

A marquee with seating (needs funding, we are hoping the local council will support this) to host designated speakers on a timetable addressing issues with an open forum to involve youth and parents to discuss how we can make changes. The key speakers will be from anti knife groups, mentors, local police, and parents who have lost children. We will be hosting open discussions to find solutions. We will also have ex-gang members who are doing positive things in the community with young people come along for motivational talks.

We plan to have parents on the main stage who have lost loved ones to gang violence speak openly and drive home the message. We are also inviting ex gang members and people who are actively working to support young people to have a major role on the day in speaking up close to the youth in a positive way.

We also will be filming the day in a roving reporter style to speak candidly to parents and youth and the community to find out what they are feeling and what they think needs to be done.

To run a course of workshops throughout the day to drive a positive approach to help our young people stay safe and change attitude. Most importantly we want to show that we are working to make a change, inspiring others to join the cause and do the same.

WISH WALL … To have a wall where people can write a note saying how we can change things, keep it all very positive. This wall could be dismantled and displayed somewhere in the borough after the event.

We are inviting people from different areas to come and get young people involved for example martial arts, music, dance and so on we will also have workshops and advisers for jobs. The list is endless and as the year for 2019 progresses we feel we can get lots of positive things in place to help families and young people.

We will be encouraging people to bring gazebos and picnics deck chairs etc. Making the effort to create a real family fun day that gets people talking. However, there will be food on sale.

MEMORY LANE

As you walk into the park there is a green bushy walk way and its along here we are aiming to display very large photos of victims that have lost their lives to knife crime with a dedication written underneath.  We feel its important to pay tribute to the families are this event who have lost loved ones so people are reminded how tragically this can happen to anyone.   So we hope when people come into the park, they are reminded why they are at this event and we hope set the tone for the day. 

Also, on the same style posters across the park we plan to have billboards with empowering quotes.

Entertainment

Football is key to our event, and we have Dagenham FC, St. Mathews Project and The Football Doctor who runs OMONIA Youth Team more details can be found on www.youthunityday.com.  We will also have youth that are not part of a team and plan to make them involved as much as possible as this is key to the day, engagement!

There will be 30 to 35 teams of 5 a side games and everyone receives a medal and of course the winners will win something! LOOKING for sponsors for prizes

We will also have rugby on the day from Dagenham Rugby club as the event is held on rugby grounds the club was very keen to get involved as they run projects in the school holidays.

For young people not included in the football, we will have other team games on the day – such as basketball penalty shoot outs etc.

Main music areas will host a selection of live performances from well-known artists and music delivered from well know DJs new and old school. Mia casa a well known promoter on the London club scene is also playing a key role in the event. We also have a spoken word and comedian Mr Cee and his friends joining the day.

Activities for parents and their children to interact together, ie arts crafts dancing etc., plus fun items such as a bouncy castle / play area. We also have an award winning make up artist offering a free placement at her academy and will be there giving advice to young girls on how to pursue this career.

We will invite stalls to selling merchandise and food & drink and charge a day fee to pitch.

WE ARE HAPPY feet a company that hosts events for families and young children, are part of the event as well.

Something for everyone, and everyone working on this event is donating their time for FREE!

Evidence of need please click link for our survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-TDDFQK5RV/

MONEY and why we need it ... to pay for the stage areas, stands, the marketing materials ie, posters, flyers, banners. for the portaloos, security on the day, St Johns Ambulance, park hire and general running costs. NO ONE is getting paid for this event we are blessed to have great people supporting the event and we are NOT charging an entry fee and want this event to be for everyone not just those that can afford it!!

This is the start of something, we plan to be the place that all organisations come through to build long term sustainable projects, where they can get help with marketing, set up of their company and importantly to help them find partnerships and people that they can work alongside in the community. The benefits are endless, but we ALL need to start talking and working to stop this awful knife crime that is ruining so many lives!

PLEASE HELP US raise money to make this event and if you are an investor help us long term and if you can't afford money then why not volunteer for the day? security, stewards, first aid and so on ...

Its down to the parents and the community to make changes not the government but us and that's by standing together and building platforms to offer services and help to EVERYONE regardless of wealth, regardless of ethnicity this is a problem that is effecting everyone and we all need to make changes!!

Costings 

Entry to this event will be free but will charge for teams to play football £20 and charge for event services to be involved on the day.  We aim to keep the entry free to families so we can involve everyone from communities across London. 

Collectively there is other support groups that would like to have stands, example careers etc.

Once overheads are all covered and if there is a profit it will go back to funding Conscious Links.

Risk Assessment and Security

On our last event we worked with a volunteer group and had over 10 stewards help on the day and will be able to ensure the safety of all involved.

We will undertake a full event risk assessment and work with all concerned to ensure that Health and safety is promoted and complied with.

The event will be fully insured, more details can be given once we have more planning in place

Outcome from the day is to highlight how families and communities can have fun days together in a safe environment.

Most importantly for youth to go away from the event feeling empowered and educated.

If we can have 100 children engage and sign up for workshops, sports groups etc we are helping to empower and keep them safe.

To help organisations and youth groups network and build partnerships on projects that help the communities they live and work in.

In the long term, we are building a website www.consciousdirectory.uk for all charity organisations to details their companies and list job opportunities, events and so on and for mentors and small businesses to list this be a place for people to come and find organisations that can help and long term to build a solid foundation of people working in the charity sector for long term solutions.  We also will have a forum for people to connect and seek help and advice.

We need to change the language to a positive one, hence why we are steering away from calling this event ANTI-KNIFE, let’s make it an event TO UPLIFT AND EMPOWER our young people.

WHAT IS CONSCIOUS?

Conscious combines a passion for music and dancing with a strong ethical value system.

We create events or activities that focus on music and sports. Most of our events are all centred around a charitable core raising awareness and funding for causes that need help in and around our communities. By linking social activity with a charity, we hope to foster strong community ties and at the same time bring people together in a happy, safe and fun-filled environment.

We are proud owners of a successful on-line radio station WWW.UWC-RADIO.COM which broadcasts to over 148 countries worldwide with over 32k of unique listeners with 35 DJs from across the world.

Just who are CONSCIOUS LINKS ?? 

We aim to raise awareness of community issues and causes through our events.

Charitable objects

  • to advance in life, educate and support young people about gun and knife violence through:
  • the provision of recreational and leisure time activities provided in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve their conditions of life and knowledge of support networks.

  • providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.

  • to help young people, especially but not exclusively through leisure time activities, to develop their capabilities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.

  • to act as a resource for young people up to the age of 25 living in inner city areas, nationally, by providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities as a means of: 

advancing in life and helping young people by developing their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals 


  • advancing education c relieving unemployment d providing recreational and leisure time activity in the interests of social welfare for people living in the area of benefit who have needed by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, poverty or social and economic circumstances with a view to improving the conditions of life of such persons e providing a support network, educating and counselling with regards to gun and knife violence

  • To promote the prevention of crime; to promote good citizenship and greater public participation in the prevention and solution of crime with a view to the preservation of public order; to provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life; and to help young people so as to develop their capabilities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.

Background

There are children being injured or killed by other children every day. Although many organisations are working on the streets and in the communities to help deal with these issues and the underlying causes, they are often working in isolation which makes them less effective.

How many stabbings were there in London in 2018?

Figures from London's Metropolitan police showed that knife crime surged by 16 per cent in the capital year-on-year in 2018, as Britain's crime epidemic continues.

There were 1,299 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police.

In 2017-18, there were 137 knife offences for every 100,000 people in the capital.

The lack of regard for community voices and lack of representation of residents at decision making arenas must improve if there are to be any changes.

These changes can only happen if resources are joined together to build skills. By bringing groups together, resources and skills can be shared to help create a collective voice for communities.

Our plan is to develop a pan-London network of organisations that can effectively provide local solutions to the problem and have a real impact on communities. Whilst gaining understanding of the causes of these issues we can utilise the experiences and expertise of these groups.

However, we need to change the tone of the conversation and focus on the positive. Whilst ensuring that the issues are raised and dealt with strategically, we need to provide young people with a platform, parents with support and skills and communities with opportunities.

By working together, we can do this.

Aim

  • We aim to develop events that will bring different groups from across the capital (and eventually the UK) together to build cohesive and consistent grassroots approaches to tackling serious youth violence and its root causes (e. g. poverty, domestic violence, worklessness, etc) in order to break the cycle.

  • We aim to create positive alternatives for young people by embracing the saying, ’it takes a village to raise a child’ and supporting people and groups in the community to take step up and develop their communities.
  • We aim to create ways to communicate with each other and the public and ensure that young people and their families know how to access support wherever they are.

  • We aim to bring organisations from across London together collectively and work as one unit to lobby the powers that be and ensure that we tackle the problems that are on all our streets effectively.

  • We plan to build this into a website style directory linking all communities with information and forums, linked with police and similar.  The website is under construction www.consciouslinks.com

AIM 1

YOUTH UNITY DAY – This will be a positive annual event to promote the work of all the groups involved. People will be bringing families and friends to bring a community together and provide opportunities for young people and attract volunteers and new partners. With a vision to take this on a “roadshow” around the country.

WHY

  • For organisations to start networking and working more in partnerships for long term growth to help families and youth in a positive way in which, long term will pay off.

  • For young people to participate in sports to help show that you can be friends with no matter the area, race or age we can all be a positive impact in our own ways therefore, we hope people can take this home with them and implement it to their lives.

  • Involving CIC organisations together from music, sports and mentoring we are showing how working in unity can make positive changes, and by not taking ownership but working together we can build long term projects for everyone involved.

AIM 2:

  • We are creating positive alternatives for young people by embracing the saying, ’it takes a village to raise a child’ and supporting people and groups in the community to take step up and develop their communities. 
  • We are aware that there is a huge amount of positive work going on in our communities that people don’t know about. We will aim to ensure that the groups that exist are delivering services and running positive activities for children and families are promoted and have the funding to meet the needs of their communities.
  • Where there are gaps of service in areas, we will work with local communities to develop their own services to respond to need.

  • As we grow, we will be able to commission member groups to support their peers to develop their own services and at the same time they will be gaining an income and supporting their own project.

  • we are building a directory website, listing all community groups, listing what and where things are happening. To build a positive site where families can visit to find help and assistance on many levels. To include a forum for people to seek help anonymously.  If possible, we will link to police projects, education and mentoring. Anticipated launch mid March.

AIM 3: 

 

  • We aim to create ways to communicate with each other and the public and ensure that young people and their families know how to access support wherever they are.

  • We will create four geographical networking groups and run pan-London and local networking and training events. This will not only create opportunities for different groups to meet and learn from each-other but will also ensure that information is shared and there is a consistent level of quality across all the groups.

  • We are also in process of collecting names of mentors and anti-knife crime groups from across the UK and creating a directory style website listing all the different groups along with links to projects across the UK.
  • In the future, with funding provided we will employ a community development outreach worker for each geographical area who will be responsible for running networking events, engaging with community groups, encouraging partnership working and providing ongoing mentoring and support to group leaders.

  • London Unity Radio will be a separate radio station under the CONSCIOUS banner. We will work with the member community groups to ensure they have the equipment and skills required to transmit on the radio. The youth/community group will have at least one slot per week to share their music and provide a spotlight for their members that can DJ and to discuss the issues that they need to discuss and promote their events.

  • We hope that by being a one stop shop for community groups not just in London but nationwide each group can network and access information on each other and share resources which in long term can help community groups grow and with the we build a strong foundation for families and children

AIM 4: 

 

  • We aim to bring organisations from across London and eventually the UK together collectively and work as one unit to lobby the powers that be and ensure that we tackle the problems that are on all our streets effectively.
  • We aim to ensure that the issues that communities face remain on the agenda and therefore will develop a small team of people led by an experienced lobbyist.

  • We will provide information, campaigns and marketing for the member groups so that we can represent the needs and issue that they are highlighting and create a consistent message and uniformed delivery so that people start to see that we are all working together.

  • We will work towards a pan-London youth conference which will influence our work in the future
  • Listed on the conscious directory website we plan to have an emergency contact number which if they are involved in gangs or just need help which will all be treated confidentially. Along with a forum on the site for parents and children to ask questions anonymously.

 

Evidence of need 

Hundreds, maybe thousands of groups are working tirelessly on a shoestring budget. Some with very little support or experience, are working hard to improve their communities and prevent young people from getting involved in gangs and serious youth violence. However, in 2018 a huge number of young people were killed and many more were injured in minor and probably unreported acts of violence relating to gangs. Government money has been invested in national mentoring projects but still these numbers rise.

There were 1,299 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police. In 2017-18, there were 137 knife offences for every 100,000 people in the capital. 2018 was London's bloodiest year in almost a decade as the murder toll reached 134.9 Jan 2019

It’s a common belief (that we share) that the reason for these incidents is that the complex and underlying issues, the root causes of serious youth violence, are not being addressed and that we need to find innovative ways of finding solutions to the problems. We cannot do this in isolation, no one group or neighbourhood can make change for the whole of London, but if we can collectively pool the work of numerous domestic violence groups, youth groups, advice organisations, parenting support groups, victim support and offender rehabilitation projects and positive activities like children and young people therapy, mentoring, sports and arts etc, we can not only compete with the large national projects for funding but can also start being taken seriously by local government and central government.

Local groups are doing a good job with their core services, but they need help with marketing communications and management to help them grow. They also need to understand the wider context and how working in partnership with other group will deliver benefits to their resources, funding, their communities and London.

The complexity of the issues means that there is no one single solution or answer, however, if we can combine specialisms and share information, training and resources we will be stronger, more sustainable and have a bigger impact.

Marketing strategy

We plan to market CONSCIOUS across London to Schools, Colleges youth centre and similar through social media, advertising and word of mouth and through strategic marketing through magazines articles and press.   We also have strong social media presence and will utilise our expertise and work with other organisations to get the message out that we are here to offer support.

With funding we would source an office which we will be able to have as a base, a place where we can offer internships, work experience and apprenticeships in the future. But also, where we can have the core team meet and work from.

Lots of small groups do not have the funds to have a website – a basic resource which can really help.  We also plan to offer an apprenticeship to a young person(s) to learn web design and build.

We plan to market this to young people by developing a mobile app linking all the above in a way that young people will find interesting. This will be a place where they can find links to lots of different skills, we have links with football, boxing, marital arts, media & programming, performing arts. The lists will continue to grow as we develop this out and bring more people into the group.  We also have a links to a few celebrities who might be willing to endorse what we are aiming for.

The launch of a new youth radio station will be a major part of our strategy. It will be led by young people with youth workers overseeing.  We will work with youth clubs across London to gather the equipment and gain the skills to deliver their online shows as well as having access to a studio when we have offices. This will be driven and led by the team of DJS that CONSCIOUS have under its umbrella UWC RADIO.

The annual Conscious Community event is also part of our marketing plan as it will attract people from outside the networks and raise the profile of the organisation. Our previous London Unity Day event on 8th July 2017 was a huge success and we have shown that we can bring people from different post codes across London safely. Marketing for the next event will include a lovely quote an attending parent of the previous event made ... “we as parents go to lots of different festivals and events, how nice is it for us to have an event with great music coupled with lovely vibes where we can make friends and build our communities”.

 

Conscious has a long-term vision to be known as the resource centre for young people, families and communities, to access help and advice through our in-depth database.

There many anti knife crime groups and mentoring groups all aiming to do the same thing, but it appears not many collaborate, or even know about each other and we want to help change that

There are many resources available for young people, but it also appears no one knows where to source this information or even knows that the help is there.

We want to change this by showing young people who feel that the only answer is gang life, lets show them that people do care and that there is many places and opportunities

We can drive this with large advertising billboards across the capital (funding permitting) to change the negative language that is on social media to one of good stories of how great our young people are! Let’s give them hope and long-term projects to focus on.

To obtain links and community development through local police and councils.

A community shop where they can come learn new skills sets by giving them opportunities.

CONSCIOUSLY WORKING TO BUILD COMMUNITIES.

 

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