Every bridge we walk will help to build safer communities for our children

Young people need to feel valued in society

Margaret Mizen caught up with the News Shopper to discuss her thoughts on youth violence, For Jimmy our upcoming fundraising event- Walking For Jimmy.

Margaret, the mother of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen has said efforts to stop children carrying knives are “counter-productive” and has called for a different approach to knife crime.Margaret who is in preparation for this year’s 21 Bridges walk told the News Shopper that we need to ensure that young people feel valued within society.

In working with the young people of Lewisham we aim to inspire them to take responsibility for their community- encouraging them to be the changemakers within their community. The Safe Havens are a simple concept which enable young people to go out in to their community and set up Safe Havens- we enable young people to play a central role in creating safer spaces and building community relations.

Margaret calls for a revised approach on dealing with knife crime and youth violence. For Jimmy are committed to an early intervention approach focused on placing young people at the core of what we do. By enabling young people to have a stake in their community we can inspire them to lead on change- this can be part of the solution to creating safer communities.

The 21 Bridges Walk will be taking place on Saturday 25th May- Every bridge we walk will help to build safer communities for our children.

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