LifeLine Projects

SW!TCH Communities

Building a lasting community response to Serious Youth Violence.

It takes a village to raise a child.

But knife crime is destroying the heart of our communities.

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SW!⁠TCH Communities helps local people introduce positive change into their neighbourhoods.

No two areas are ever alike—that's why our team works closely with local people of all ages and cultures to build a complete picture of the issues their neighbourhood is facing and how they can combat and resolve these issues.

Local people leading change

In order to have a lasting effect, the local community—particularly its young people—must be at the heart of positive change.

Stronger community connections

Regular meet-ups, events, and engagement with the community to help forge new relationships across different generations.

Activities for young people

A range of engaging activities —including both physical and creative—provide a positive outlet for young people and a chance to gather their views on the area.

A local response

Co-ordination between community leaders and professionals to highlight local needs, share plans, and form a response group to drive change.

Find our SW!⁠TCH Communities team in

Heathway, Barking and Dagenham

Harold Hill, Havering

Barkingside, Redbridge

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By positioning local people at the forefront and guiding them to drive change in their area, we’re building a strong and resilient community that will last for years to come. It’s only with this truly joined-up approach that we can guide young people away from dangers like knife crime.

Ian Kane
SW!TCH Communities Manager, LifeLine Projects

Recent updates about SW!TCH Communities

The importance of listening to young people

As the CEO of a local support charity, I often ponder whether we're genuinely hearing the voices of those we aim to help.This concern struck me recently when I attended an event at the House of Commons designed to foster dialogue between young people and the decision-makers who shape their lives in the UK.While many young people were passionately voicing...

1 month ago

 by Nathan Singleton

From mentee to mentor

Kled is currently a Junior Youth Development Worker, having recently joined our SW!TCH team. But Kled first came to us while he was in Sixth Form, referred for mentoring by his school. After developing under the guidance of his mentor, he stepped up to become a SW!TCH Ambassador, supporting our team and helping to mentor others. And we were extremely...

1 month ago

 by LifeLine Comms Team

LifeLine joins consortium supporting young people through flagship MyEnds programme

We're proud to announce that we'll be further supporting young people in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham as part of the Winning Harts consortium, funded as part of the Mayor of London's £14.5m investment in local communities through the MyEnds programme. Led by the West Ham United Foundation, and working alongside Youth League UK, Be Heard as One,...

1 month ago

 by LifeLine Comms Team

Is mentoring the new political football?

Here at LifeLine, we have been working closely with the Mayor of London to mentor young people across the capital for the last 15 years. And, while the holder of the title has changed, we are pleased to see that this commitment to mentoring has remained broadly consistent throughout. Now, more than ever, we hope that the power of mentoring...

2 months ago

 by Nathan Singleton

London Borough of Havering
London Borough of Redbridge
Supported by Mayor of London

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