The council and partners are in the town centre this week promoting the messages of Croydon’s Choose Your Future campaign, which aim to raise young people’s awareness of knife crime and encourages them to make positive choices.
Now in the second of a three-week programme, the plans continue with Croydon Youth Engagement Team in North End, from today (Tuesday 20) until Friday, 3-5pm, raising awareness of the consequences of carrying knives.
They will also be signposting young people to the specialist support and advice available to them, such as counselling and careers advice, and showcasing the range of activities available in the borough, such as dance, art, sport and music.
The borough’s young people’s outreach and counselling service, Croydon Drop In (CDI) will also be offering advice and advocacy for young people from the team’s talkbus, which will be outside McDonald’s in North End, from 3-6pm on Thursday 22 February.
Victim Support is also supporting the campaign with an information stand in Centrale Shopping Centre, providing advice and guidance about the services available to those who have either been a victim of crime, or those looking for information about how to better protect themselves.
This will be in the centre’s atrium (by Debenhams) from 1-5pm on Friday 23 February, where they will join forces with Croydon’s town centre police team and the Met’s specialist crime investigation team, Trident, who will be on site to provide further advice and information on knife crime from 3-7pm.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for communities, safety and justice
“This three-week programme shows the borough is taking action to help young people.
“They told us they were concerned about knife crime, and the council is using its Choose Your Future campaign to urge young people not to pick up a knife.
“So many services, volunteers and businesses are supporting this work, which we hope will encourage young people to make positive life choices.”
Last week, the council’s youth engagement team joined forces with Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), Croydon College, Croydon police, local faith groups, London Ambulance Service, school pastors, Victim Support, CDI, to host a range of town-centre events during half-term week.
The programme continues until Friday 2 March. For further details, visit http://bit.ly/2Bgb6eG