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.


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

Absenteeism: the legacy of lockdown

Educational neglect. Emotional-based schools avoidance. School refusal. Non-attending. Persistent absence. Serious absence. Missing. It's often said that the Inuit have dozens (or more) different words for snow, because they have a lot of it. We, however, seem to have a lot of different names for those repeatedly absent from school. What then does that say about the state of school...

4 weeks ago

 by Nathan Singleton

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Last month, I shared some thoughts I had whilst on sabbatical. I hope you didn't mind the excessive sharing or personal photos. I expected that, on my sabbatical, I might reconsider LifeLine's vision, mission, and activities. I thought visiting other charity leaders would inspire me with new ideas that I would be raring to apply to East London. I was...

5 months ago

 by Nathan Singleton

Celebrating SW!TCH on TikTok and in the sunday papers

Bursting onto TikTok Our SW!TCH team have recently started posting on TikTok, rapidly growing their following of young people to over 300 in a few months. As well as promoting upcoming activities, the team are able to provide a wider range of content for young people than in their face-to-face mentoring sessions–for example, key youth workers introduce themselves and share...

8 months ago

 by LifeLine Comms Team

Supporting adults, families, and communities

Our new Family Services team have been hard at work this year, delivering a range of programmes to adults, families, and communities across East London.The Champions Support Network, which brings parents and carers together to form community support networks, particularly dealing with youth violence, exclusion and mental health. We run coffee mornings to forge connections plus workshops and training to...

10 months ago

 by LifeLine Comms Team

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

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