Redbridge Council has been awarded £500k to tackle knife crime and gang culture across the Borough.
The grant has been secured from the Government’s new Supporting Families Against Youth Crime Fund.
The money will be used to support a joint initiative with BoxUpCrime, a social youth organisation founded by Stephen Addison MBE. The project will help to deter young people from getting involved in crime and gangs by offering a mix of boxing training, education and mentoring.
Operating in Barking and Dagenham, BoxUpCrime has worked with more than 2,000 young people and helped reduce serious youth violence by 25 per cent across the London Borough.
“Every borough in the capital has seen the devastating effect that gangs and knife crime can have on all sections of the community,” said Councillor Elaine Norman, Redbridge Council Cabinet Member for Childen and Young People.
“Tackling crime is one of our priorities and we firmly believe that early prevention is one of the most useful tools we have.
“With the funds secured for this project we will be able to give many young people in our borough the support they need to avoid getting sucked into a life of crime and ultimately fulfil their potential”.
Stephen Addison, Founder of BoxUpCrime, said:
“As an organisation we are really excited to be working with Redbridge Council in order to rebuild misguided dreams of young people who have gone on the wrong path. We want to make boxing accessible for young people from different walks of life all over the borough. As an organisation we strongly believe in harnessing the talents of young people and giving them the opportunity to make their aspirations come true”.