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OVH funds gangs prevention programme in schools

Gang prevention programme in schools

One Vision Housing have partnered up with Get Away ‘N’ Get Safe (GANGS) Prevention Programme to raise awareness of gang culture in Sefton.

With nearly 50,000 children involved in gangs in England, according to a Children’s Commissioner report, the programme, helps to empower young people to make informed decisions about their associates and lifestyle, reducing the risk of gang involvement in the future.

The programme, established by James Riley, who has worked as a Probation Officer specialising in Urban Street Gangs and Organised Crime Groups for nearly 20 years, uses presentations, role play, music and videos to engage young people whilst continually sending out the message, “Get Away ‘N’ Get Safe”.

Year 6 children at St Robert Bellarmine Primary School are one of the first schools to take part in the programme this year.

Teacher Miss Jo Wignall from St Robert Bellarmine commented “Providing information at primary school level is key to ensuring children are equipped with the tactics and information they need to avoid gangs.

We are working with James and OVH to help equip young people in our community from being exploited in this way. Our pupils have been captivated by the sessions delivered so far and James has really got them thinking.”

Mark Manns, OVH said “When we heard about the work of Get Away ‘N’ Get Safe (GANGS), we wanted to get involved. Gang culture is an increasing issue in Sefton, and as a local housing provider we have a duty to support our communities in combatting this.

Getting through to kids at grass roots will help break the cycle of gang involvement and help them realise the risks that come with gang membership are not worth the so called rewards”.

For more information and advice an resources to help combat gang involvement visit:

http://getaway-n-getsafe.co.uk/