Blessed are the peacemakers – How should a youth work organisation respond when there is a serious incident?
On a quiet street in Barking, shortly before 3:45PM on Friday 12th March 2021, a 16-year-old male student was stabbed and seriously injured. As a result of the incident, he sustained life-changing injuries.
Part of our wider SW!TCH initiative, SW!TCH Minds works to improve the mental health of young people through a carefully-designed programme built around weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions supported by a range of extra-curricular positive activities and opportunities to engage with the local community.
Carl was born and brought up in Leicester a city in England’s East Midlands region. He started his work career as an operative in NHS hospital operating theatres. He did this for 6 years and then got involved with the church. He moved to London to lead a church in Canning Town before moving onto Elm Park Baptist Church in Hornchurch. Carl was also an online ESOL tutor, teaching people of all ages around the world. Carl was made aware of LifeLine Projects about a year ago when he began teaching at LifeLine Church and got to know some of the LifeLine staff members.
While the LifeLine School unfortunately had to close in 2020, we remain exceedingly proud of all our students and the tremendous effort they demonstrated daily. The following is the story of Charles, who came to us as a new arrival to the country and behind mainstream education.
Roman came to LifeLine to update her computer and English skills so that she could return to work. Through LifeLine’s programme of learning and job support, she was able to get a job at a creche. Roman said, “I’d like
LifeLine Projects was founded 21 years ago, when a group of volunteers recognised a need in their community. Wanting to be part of the solution, they began supporting isolated and marginalised women in the areaand vulnerable young people in local