Hackney residents come together to tackle youth street crime

A Sanctuary Housing resident from Hackney is bringing the community together to help tackle youth street crime.

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Rev Joycelyn Dankwa, of Shepherd Fold Ministries, is organising a Parents and Youth Open Forum at Banister Community Centre Hall in Homerton High Street from 10am-2pm on Saturday 14 July.

The event, which Sanctuary is supporting, will feature a panel of speakers ranging from youth workers to former gang members and residents attending will be able to ask questions and join the discussion.

Organisers hope it will be an opportunity to bring local parents and young people together and raise awareness of the issues surrounding gun and knife-related crime, provide support and work towards prevention.

Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “The forum is making a positive impact in Hackney and we’re pleased to support our residents in tackling such a difficult issue head on.”

Rev Dankwa said: “It’s heart-breaking to see our youth getting involved with gangs. The Government can’t do it all, neither can the parents, but together we can make a real difference.”

Anyone who would like to attend should register online at http://www.shepherdfoldministries.co.uk/event-registration. For more information about the event or the forum’s work, call Rev Dankwa on 07583 165389 or email Shepherdfold@outlook.com.

This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

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