The Hunslet Club recognised for efforts in tackling knife crime

The Hunslet Club has received a National Youth Anti-Violence Educational Award in recognition of its positive impact upon Leeds, addressing a national blight and the support provided in assisting the UK tour of the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression, the ‘Knife Angel’.

Project Shield is about enabling a more positive, hopeful conversation with young people and delivering a co-ordinated response to tackling serious youth violence and protecting young people in Leeds. The campaign has encouraged the community to work together to make the spaces for our children and young people safer.

February was intensification month of the Project Shield campaign, and The Hunslet Club have been actively working with local organisations, West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council to make our city a safer place for our young members and wider community.

The Hunslet Club facilitated West Yorkshire Police in delivering sessions that intended to help parents and caregivers with how to approach important conversations surrounding youth violence and knife crime.

As part of the delivery to our own young members of The Hunslet Club we visited visited the The Knife Angel, the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression that was hosted by the Royal Armouries Museum as part of the campaign. With aims to send a powerful message and spark conversations about knife crime in the city, the initiative is primarily aimed at raising awareness of the issues around youth violence and knife crime while engaging with and educating young people about the risks to them and the impact on their communities, through a range of work by statutory and third sector partners.

For our young people to reach their full potential, they require the basic need of safety and to belong to a community that is constantly advocating for that.


This post was written by Zoe Cressar

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