An organisation committed to lowering knife crime rates in Croydon has been granted funding by a local shopping centre and property developer.
Youth charity Lives Not Knives will receive backing from retail centre Centrale and property developer Hammerson, the organisation announced via Twitter yesterday.
The team helps thousands of students and young people at risk of knife crime each year.
The donated money will be put towards a year’s worth of “road shows”, in which the organisation takes their work into local schools.
— Eliza/Monique (@livesnotknives) February 23, 2015
Founder of Lives not Knives, Eliza Rebeiro, said: “Our road shows contain advice on stereotyping, staying safe in and out of school and the dangers of being friends with people that commit crimes because of joint enterprise.”
Rebeiro previously explained that it was important to encourage young people to choose a positive path in life, even though it might be difficult and challenging.
Lives Not Knives aims to show people on the verge of getting involved with gangs and crime that there are other options available to them, as well as helping people escape gangs before it is too late.
Rebeiro said: “LNK works with over 10,000 young people a year in over 100 primary and secondary schools, educating young people on the dangers of carrying a knife.”
She added: “We solely fund our apprenticeships and school roadshows through self fundraising and community and business support, and this money was specifically given for the school roadshows.”