People from all backgrounds, races and faiths were brought together to understand the negative impact crime has on communities by attending the Criminals in the Community workshop on Saturday 1st of August which was held at the Froud Community Centre in Newham. The event was a huge success as 50 people attended to learn about crime and its consequences.
More importantly it inspired young people to really think about their environments and what more can be done to provide safer environments for young people to utilise on a regular basis.
The workshop proved to be a huge success with many varied opinions on display. The audience interaction was very productive as issues such as stop and search and police commitments were discussed. The day also consisted of real life stories from ex-offenders and the impact graffiti has on young people as explained by Mohammed Ali from Aerosol Arabic.
The showpiece of the workshop which brought everything together was the "Where U Going Team" who performed the Puppeteer. Not only did the Puppeteer reflect the purpose of the workshop it showed the potential of young people who have been through difficult situations to come out much stronger by turning their lives around.
The workshop brought the community together and also helped to prove that crime is a concern of the many and not the few.
Notes to Editors:
1. The event was delivered by Farhat Amin as part of the Changemakers Future Leaders Initiative in partnership with the Muslim Council of Britain. The Future Leaders Project gives young people across England the opportunity to develop their own community projects.
2. The workshop was held at the Froud Community Centre, 1 Toronto Avenue, E12 5JF and was sponsored by the Muslim Youth Network.
3. Mohammed Ali is a graffiti artist who been across the globe and his work is described as challenging the term clash of civilizations. His work focuses on exploring the issues found in multicultural society.
4. The Where U Going Team is an initiative of Victory Youth Group. The initiative is managed by individuals who have been through difficult situations and have turned their lives around and is based at UKCG, a Church that promotes the idea that everyone can have better lives.
5. The Puppeteer is a performance which portrays the various influences young people may have which covers issues such as peer pressure, the effects of taking drugs, alcohol misuse and other concerns young people may be facing.