Gang related crime has risen in the UK and especially in London, the last 5 years has seen a significant increase of 65% and the core of these crimes are all from gangs. There’s also been an increase in gang members across London and now members are joining as young as 12 years old. One major crime involving gang members is knife crime, Police recorded almost 44,500 offences involving knives or sharp weapons which is a further rise of 6 per cent including 252 homicides and 368 attempted murders. Furthermore, these knife crimes in London included almost 19,000 assaults, 17,400 robberies, and 3,200 threats to kill. Within the past three years London has seen its highest ever gang-related death rate, this prolific increase needs to be reduced if not completely stopped, too many young lives are being jeopardised and lost to gang crime.
The biggest attempt to slow this down is through local community youth clubs, many government youth club schemes have been attempted in the past but they fail due to very limited funding which in turn impacts crucial attributes such as resources available for the scheme, inconsistent staff availability, lack of academic activities and lack of extended/extra curriculum activities such as trips.
A confirmed group of 30 others and myself are willing to set up three youth clubs in north, east and south London which will be funded via fundraising, this will allow us to fully give the teenagers all the opportunities they need to keep them busy and engaged therefore minimising the need to be in a gang. The youth clubs will be smooth as it will not rely on limited government funds which usually restricts and slow down youth clubs, our scheme will allow youth clubs to provide trips to real businesses , adequate and up-to-date technological equipments, renting a local centre, staff which will be available for at least 45 weeks each year and external partnerships with local businesses to provide opportunities and training for our youths. The aim is to start this project with the significant funding of £100,000 over the course of two years in the hope for the government to see that the extra funding is needed for a successful youth club scheme with real results