Skills for life

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


Croydon has approximately 90,000 young people and the largest number aged 10-17 of the 32 London Boroughs. 45,000 children and young people are[5-16]. Croydon has the highest number of youth victims of crime in London and Croydon has one of the highest numbers of youths accused of all notifiable offences in London.

Over the last two years knife crime figures has significantly risen in Croydon. LNK feel this is due to the lack of funding from both Central and local government, specifically for youth crime. Programmes for youth crime have stopped, which could have been an attributing factor.

LNK would like to increase the LNK roadshows that we put into place in Primary Schools in Croydon in 2010 (but had to be reduced due to lack of funding in the last two years). LNK would like to raise awareness of the consequences of knife crime to young people from the age of 10 years old. LNK would like to decrease knife crime, youth victims and youth crime by teaching the consequences of crime and sharing experiences.

In the past LNK have experienced that preventing young people from joining a gang or carrying a weapon is the best way to tackle gangs, knife and gun crime. Prevention is better than cure, and immediate action is something that young people can relate to. LNK have made a significant impact in the past and have had high success rates with the young people with which we have mentored. The schools and the teachers that we have worked with have always praised the LNK roadshows and the positive feedback we have received from the teacher staff and pupils has been evaluated over the years, to help us improve to a high standard.

Also by actively sign posting young people to positive activities within the community has led to young people volunteering their time to local organisations, therefore creating a positive past time activity within the community.

Whilst working within the schools, teachers can identify pupils at risk of gang affiliation. LNK will be able to offer further support by way of mentoring. Therefore, preventing the young person from further involvement and helping them with positive life choices. This will have a significant impact on the community and help to create a safer learning environment and neighbourhood.

All of the LNK roadshows will be managed and delivered by LNK trained members of staff, who are all qualified mentors and have at least a level 2 qualification in youth work.

Project Video

Lives Not Knives

Moment of Pride

LNK School roadshows has been designed and led by young people within our community, their expertise, time and passion for their community and the safety of young people within the community. We are proud that young people in the Croydon Borough are helping their peers to create a safer community.

Location: London Borough of Croydon, United Kingdom