We’re doing it for Jimmy – creating a living legacy of forgiveness, peace and hope. Do we need more and more legislation or do we need to ask ourselves about the kind of society we want to live in? Change has to come from each of us.
Jimmy Mizen was a 16-year-old schoolboy from Lewisham, south east London who lost his life in an unprovoked attack in a bakery in 2008.
Barry and his wife, Margaret Mizen, hit national headlines when immediately after the murder of Jimmy Mizen in Lee, they spoke of compassion rather than revenge. Since that day in May 2008, they have worked tirelessly with young people across the country sharing Jimmy’s story and delivering programmes in schools across south-east London.
For Jimmy’s Safe Havens Programme inspires young people in schools to take responsibility for building a safer community – connecting with other community members and working together to create safe spaces to turn to.
Our Good Hope cafés are a beacon of what a community business should look and feel like, a haven of peace and safety.
Our first Good Hope opened in 2010 and was seen as a way to help make the charity money while providing training and employment opportunities for young people. We have now established three Good Hope cafés across Lewisham, providing vibrant community spaces with delicious food and weekly events from pop-up restaurants, children’s groups and comedy nights.
If you are passionate about helping us create the safest spaces for young people to grow up in, we need your help. Whether a company, a group of friends, or an individual; we want to hear from you and will be on hand to support your fundraising efforts!