“This project is breaking down barriers”

In October 2015 For Jimmy started working with Year 8 pupils from Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich, to launch Safe Havens on Peckham Rye Lane

The project is the start of a two-year partnership between Southwark Borough Council, the local police and For Jimmy. Over the two years, we will create seven new Safe Haven zones throughout the borough with 14 schools and youth centres.

“It’s inspiring to see pupils going out into the community and talking to shopkeepers about their safety. This project is breaking down barriers and building relationships that will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our young people in Peckham.”

– PC Marcus Kudliskis, Safer Schools Police Officer, Peckham Police Station.

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Like all of our projects, it started with Margaret Mizen visiting the school to share Jimmy’s story. After this, the pupils were introduced to the idea of Safe Havens. They are a simple idea, the pupils go out onto their local high street and ask shopkeepers if they would lock the door and call the police if a young person or adult was in danger or felt threatened on the street. What makes it unique is that young people, who build the relationships with their local community to help make it safer, lead the scheme.

“It was lovely to have the young people come into my shop and I was more than happy to sign up to the scheme. It was great to see them taking responsibility for the safety of others within the community, and actively trying to make it a safer place for everyone.”

– Brenda Amey, owner of The Flower Shop on Peckham High Street, who signed up for the Safe Haven scheme.

After a successful Safe Haven walk, the young people from Harris Boys Academy signed up over 30 shops along the length of Rye Lane that will display a Safe Haven For Jimmy sticker in their window. As well as helping to keep young people safe in the community, the project has been vital in building relationships between young people, local businesses, the police, council and community in Peckham.

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