LifeLine Projects

Updates on capacity-building in Havering and Redbridge

Six months on, Anistasia and Kerry from the SW!TCH team share some updates on the progress of our capacity building progamme in Havering and Redbridge. Our team have been supporting and strengthening the local communities of Harold Hill and Hainault, working to develop a local response to serious youth violence and enable them to protect and support young people who might be at risk of violence.

The programme is funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime through the Violence Reduction Unit and the local councils of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, and Havering.

Supported by Mayor of London
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
London Borough of Havering
London Borough of Redbridge

Ani (fourth from left) and Kerry (third from right) with Youth Development Workers from the SW!TCH team.

Updates from Hainault

Thanks to walking the streets, regular visits to the Hainault Community Hub, and various community events, we’ve managed to build up a strong network of residents in the area, who have taken part in consultation on our plans, as well as local business, members of the council, and various professionals and service providers. We’re currently looking to set up regular online meetings with the group going forward.

On Monday 16th May, local residents, councillors, and youth services came together to discuss the issue of youth violence in the Hainault area (pictured). The session was focused on finding solutions and strengthening connections between the various parties who are working with young people. Participants were able to understand the different roles that statutory services, providers and residents can play in building a more united and safer community.

This week saw our first Hainault United inter-generational football match, with residents playing a team from the local police force. The session was led by local champion and ex-professional footballer Ross Weare of Weare on the Ball Coaching.

We’ve also begun our training of local mentors, who will be able to support at-risk young people in the community.

The work carried out by Lifeline Projects in Hainault has provided us with some really useful data but more importantly, through the engagement work that the team have been able to carry out with local residents, businesses and young people, we have been able to hear from the local community about how they feel about their local area. I look forward to the next stage of the project, as the team roll out a number of activities aimed at young people and other sections of the community, working with Redbridge Council to address some of the needs raised by the local community.

Edward Baker, Community Safety Officer, Redbridge Council

Updates from Harold Hill

We’ve been working hard to engage with local residents, frequently visiting community centres and meeting with local groups, as well as traveling around the area to speak with local residents about their views, and attending community events.

Most notably, we took part in the launch of the Love the Hill project with a Community Fun Day on Saturday 14th May at the myplace community centre in partnership with Havering Council. Local police officers and members of local charity Take a Knife, Save a Life led a discussion with residents about the state of the community and safety in Harold Hill.

Representatives from StreetDoctors (pictured) were on-hand to demonstrate emergency first aid techniques to assist victims of knife crime. They were joined by the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team, St John’s Ambulance, leaders from local Scouts groups, and numerous multiple businesses.

We were also fortunate to be witness performances by a number of young people, including Luke (pictured), an upcoming local artist who writes music based on his own contributions to the community and the changes he’d like to see.

It was a brilliant day with over 70 people attending, sharing ideas, joining in discussions with local providers, the Community Safety team and the Neighbourhood Police, as well as some fantastic performance from local young people. We will be providing feedback to attendees on their ideas and developing a programme of events, courses and information sessions in the Harold Hill area from June through to October. I am really looking forward to meeting more local residents and continuing with the Love the Hill project

Justine Wilson-Darke, Head of Service IASS, Youth Justice and Virtual School, Havering Council

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