This funding has enabled our charity to employ youth workers who patrol three estates in the city, talk to young people about knife crime and direct them towards positive activities happening in their areas.
We have already demonstrated our expertise and ability to direct and inspire young people to reconsider their choices to carry knives and to ensure that young people are aware of the consequences should they choose to do so. We are working with a number of voluntary, community sector partners to ensure there are positive activities in the areas covered by the project. We are also working alongside De Montfort University (DMULocal), who are helping to provide some activities and supporting us with volunteers.
Martin Buchanan, Chief Executive of E2 said:
“We are really grateful to The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire, Lord Bach who has recognised the invaluable work we do in Beaumont Leys and beyond and are supporting us with funding to deliver the Street Mediators project in Beaumont Leys, New Parks and Thurnby Lodge. We aim to direct a minimum of 25 young people away from the streets towards positive activities, to reassure communities and reduce knife crime. One of the things that makes this project possible is our previous experience and knowledge of the issues around knife crime as we have been delivering sessions and working with high-risk individuals, their parents and parents that have been affected by knife crime. Part of our current work includes academic research with De Montfort University, which will highlight any theories and research that will help to underpin the educational resource we will be sending out to schools and community groups in and around Leicestershire. Another area of our work is our Peer Education project in which we manage and coordinate volunteers who work one-to-one with young people that have been referred from schools, police, and key agencies. The Peer Education project is ongoing and we are making a real difference to young people's lives and steering them away from using knives.”
Lord Willy Bach, Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire commented:
“I’m proud to support E2’s work once again and have every confidence their experienced youth workers will help make a difference to vulnerable young people who need support and guidance to manage the influences in their live. E2 has a proven track record of turning around lives, working with young people and their parents to bring about meaningful change. Many young people have already been transformed through its intervention and this new work will expand those opportunities for reform, working ‘on the street’ in areas known to trigger aggression and violence among young people.”