2021 recipient: Lives Not Knives
Lives Not Knives is a youth led charity, originally focused on young people in London. LNK works to prevent knife crime, serious youth violence and anti-social behaviour, engaging and educating young people who have been disadvantaged by socio-economic factors, and supporting them to improve their future prospects. LNK runs school roadshows, 1:1 mentoring, group mentoring and workshops for referrals from schools and pupil referral units. LNK empowers young people and the wider community, towards a more positive future with support for successful engagement in education, training or employment. Since the start of the CoVid pandemic, when LHK transformed much of their work to online, LNK has had a huge demand for greater resources for teachers, parents and students. LNK aim to use their fund to respond to this growing demand, that has spread across London boroughs to nationwide. They aim to use technology to develop more resources in order to have a greater reach in the UK, with an ultimate aim to train the teachers to be better equipped to raise the subject of youth violence and identify young people who are at risk before they are excluded from mainstream school and prevent them from becoming involved in crime.