The Young Londoners Fund is helping children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It is supporting a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for young Londoners. The Young Londoners Fund is part of my public health approach to reducing violence and works alongside my Violence Reduction Unit.
15 projects working with young people from Waltham Forest were awarded grants through the first round of the Young Londoners Fund. These projects plan to support over 1,400 young people from the borough who are at risk of social exclusion or involvement in criminal activity or are already involved in criminal activity.
For example, London Borough of Waltham Forest is running Streetbase. This is a peer-to-peer street engagement project led by young advisors aged 16 to 25 who are trained and accredited to patrol in crime hotspot areas. They deliver peer workshops on topics such as knife crime. Streetbase will signpost young people to positive activities, opportunities, events and support that will help prevent offending and anti-social behaviour. Further information about all the Young Londoners Fund projects can be found at www.london.gov.uk/young-londoners-fund