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Camden spends £390,000 on youth projects aimed at ending violence

Grants follow task force investigation into causes of knife crime

27 June, 2019 — By Richard Osley

Labour cabinet councillor Abdul Hai

THE Town Hall says it is putting its money where its mouth is in a bid to keep young people safe from knife crime after awarding a series of grants.

Council chiefs have approved £390,000 worth of spending on projects suggested by schools and community organisations, including workshops and advice sessions for teenagers at risk of becoming embroiled in violence.

It follows the creation of a Youth Safety Taskforce, set up in the wake of last year’s Camden murders. In the bloodiest episode, two young men were killed on the same night.

Successful funding applicants in­clude a youth work programme at Coram’s Fields, a life skills project at Queen’s Crescent Community Association and outreach work at The Winch, the centre in Swiss Cottage.

Somali Youth Development Resource Centre is being funded to help reduce exclusions of pupils aged between nine and 12, while Haverstock School is to have a new unit for pupils at risk of being taken out of mainstream education.

Cabinet councillor Abdul Hai said: “We are acting on the taskforce recommendations because we are committed to trying to make this borough safe for our young people.”

Asked whether £500,000 would be enough, he said there would need to be further investment – and that ultimately there would need to be higher tax revenue to pay for it.

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