Stand Against Violence (SAV) was established in 2005 in response to the murder of 17-year-old Lloyd Fouracre, who was beaten to death in Taunton, Somerset, in an unprovoked attack.
SAV works with the age groups most at risk of being a victim or perpetrator of violence through primary and secondary schools, youth offending teams, pupil referral units and other youth groups. We tackle the issue of violence from multiple perspectives. We help to highlight the consequences of violence and challenge young people to consider their actions on others, before they make the wrong choice.
This fund will enable us to develop a new pilot programme that engages the community to identify early indications of at-risk behaviour and empowers them to take action in a safe way to help support the people involved and reduce the likelihood of escalating anti-social behaviours.
By raising awareness amongst communities, highlighting early warning signs and providing strategies to help address and change the behaviours, this new programme would provide a further layer of support to these young people and at the same time increase community cohesion and improve the general environment by making it a safer place.