Street Violence Ruins Lives project to take centre stage at Charlton game

On Saturday 19 January from 12.30-2.30pm before Charlton’s game against Accrington Stanley, Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) staff will be in the West Stand Car Park promoting the Street Violence Ruins Lives (SVRL) campaign.

Last year, CACT successfully mentored 250 young people in Royal Greenwich, Bexley and Thanet, rejecting street violence through diversionary activities and empowering individuals on the periphery of crime to make better life choices.

In November 2018, the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund saw CACT receive a £150k grant to launch the delivery of the Connect project with partners the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the London Borough of Bexley and Peabody Trust.

In December, as part of the Young Londoners Fund, CACT staff and partners received ‘Need To Know’ training around street and gang culture (pictured below)

Excelsior Safeguarding delivered the educational workshop which gave staff the opportunity to build strong skills in the early identification of youth based violence and enabled them to improve the crucial joint role they perform with other agencies and commissioned services.

Trained mentors and youth workers who attended the training will be on hand ahead of the match to speak to supporters and advise on what support is available to young people who are at risk.

Fans will also be able to share views on how to tackle street violence and pick up printed copies of CACT’s new SVRL strategy.

There will also be a reception attended by the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Leader Cllr Danny Thorpe and representatives from the London Borough of Bexley and Peabody Trust, fellow Connect project partners, and the Mayor of London's office.

The match is also Kids For A Quid. Click here for more information on how to buy tickets.

Read more about CACT's Street Violence Ruins Lives work.

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