This blog is to capture all articles relating to good work including initiatives and successes with regards to gangs (predominantly in London), but also good news stories involving young people more generally.

If you have a good news story or something positive to promote please get in touch at londonstreetgangs@googlemail.com

Monday, 8 July 2013

Home Secretary Theresa May praises borough's gang action programme

Waltham Forest Guardian

9:21am Monday 8th July 2013 By Zachary Norman

A gang initiative in the borough has been roundly praised following a high-powered visit last week.

The Home Secretary Theresa May, MPs Iain Duncan-Smith and Stella Creasy, with Council Leader Chris Robbins, met last Thursday at Leytonstone's Construction Skills Centre in Cathall Road, where ex-gang members have been learning trades.

Sitting down with councillors, officers, police representatives, programme providers, former gang members and people whose lives has been affected by gang violence the visit was to demonstrate what the borough is doing to help vulnerable people back into education, training and work.

After the visit the Home Secretary said: “Gang violence has a devastating impact on communities. We need to change the lives of young people before they get sucked into a life of violence and crime.

"This project in Waltham Forest is an excellent example of the work being done at a local level to provide vulnerable youngsters with a way out of trouble.”

The centre provides people with practical skills needed to work in the construction industry, including steel fixing, paving, flooring and roofing.

Iain Duncan Smith, who has a history of working with the borough’s gangs and is the patron of Gangs Unite, said: “We had a really productive meeting with the Home Secretary – it was great for her to meet some of the people on the ground such as Colin James from Gangs Unite.

“She was very interested in the work Colin has been doing – he has been instrumental in helping to pull young boys in Waltham Forest out of gangs and showing them an alternative way of life.”

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions added that early intervention and enforcement gives young boys growing up on estates with no male role models a way of doing something productive with their lives.

Gangs Unite is a community interest company based in South Grove, Walthamstow, which mentors around 70 young people through sport and performing arts.

Councillor Robbins said: “This visit by the Home Secretary helps shine a light on the work we’re doing to tackle the issue of gangs.”

He said in the past year gang violence in Waltham Forest amongst 10 to 19 year olds had almost halved.

The council also runs a program call Enough is Enough which attempts to address gang issues by working with whole families.

2 comments:

  1. FIGLIO DI PUTTANA ANGELO BOCCHINO (VILLA VIGNOLA HOTEL AND RESTAURANT VASTO) RICICLA TANTI SOLDI DI MAFIA, NDRANGHETA E CAMORRA. SPECIE DEI CAMORRISTI MOCCIA (I NOTI ASSASSINI: PADRONI DEL MOLISE). SONO STEVEN DOWNHAM, SUO EX COLLEGA DI CANTOR FITZGERALD. LO SMERDERO'!

    CIAO A TUTTI. PER ORA, QUI A SEGUITO, IL TESTO IN INGLESE. APPENA TROVO IL TEMPO, QUI NELLA CITY DI LONDRA OVE LAVORO, PREPARERO' ANCHE IL TESTO IN "BERLUSCONICCHIO". VAMOS, VAMOS, VAMONOS!

    HI FELLAS. I'M STEVEN DOWNHAM FROM CANTOR FITZGERALD LONDON, KNOWN AS "THE CITI'S CHE GUEVARA ( CAUSE OF THAT, NAZIFASCIST BANKERS FROM SG WARBURG, FIRST, AND CREDIT SUISSE, SECOND, BOTH FIRED ME.. I HOPE THAT WDN'T HAPPEN AGAIN, NOW, WITH CANTOR FITZGERALD LONDON, TO TELL THE TRUTH, BUT I'LL GO AHEAD WITH SCREAMING AND SHOUTING VIA INTERNET, ANYWAY, IN AN EXTREMELY REBEL WAY.. IF NOT, WHY SHOULD THEY CALL ME "CITI'S CHE GUEVARA"?!)!!!
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-downham-099a3942
    I'M AN HIGH DEGREE FREEMASON ( AND THAT PROTECTS ME A LOT... THEY ALWAYS FIND ME A NEW PLACE WHERE TO GO TO WORK, WHEN I NEED IT.. AND WITHIN MINUTES.. TIME OF A PHONE CALL...IS JUST A QUESTION TO TAKE THEM OUT FOR A FUNNY NIGHT.. GIVING THEM LOT OF SEX WITH KIND OF SILVIO BERLUSCONI'S HOT UNDER AGE BITCHES.. GIVING THEM LOT OF DRINKS...GIVING THEM GOOD CASH FOR THEIR VICES... GIVING THEM LOT OF WHITE LINES... AND AT THAT POINT... WITHIN 24 HOURS.. IF I NEED IT... I WD GET A NEW JOB). BEING A FREEMASON, I USUALLY GET VERY BRIBED TOO. ESPECIALLY FROM ITALY, VIA MY EX COLLEAGUE, A VERY CRIMINAL GUY, CLOSE TO MAFIA AND NDRANGHETA: ANGELO BOCCHINO, EX CANTOR FITZGERALD MILAN, NOW BY VILLA VIGNOLA HOTEL AND RESTAURANT IN VASTO ( WHERE HE WASHES LOT AND LOT OF ASSASSIN CASH IN A VERY EMERGING MAFIOSA PART OF SOUTH OF ITALY: MOLISE AND FOGGIA AREA).
    https://it.linkedin.com/in/angelo-bocchino-66180529
    SINCE VIEW DAYS I AM ALSO A BRAND NEW EXTREMELY REVOLUTIONARY INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST! ANTI STINKY NAZIFASCIST DONALD TRUMP, BORIS JOHNSON, THERESA MAY, NIGEL FARAGE, DAVIDE SERRA, MATTEO RENZI, MARIA ELENA BOSCHI, MATTEO SALVINI FROM LEGA LADRONA, VERY PEDOPHILE SILVIO BERLUSCONI, AS WELL AS MARINA BERLUSCONI, FEDELE CONFALONIERI, ENNIO DORIS, MASSIMO DORIS, ANDREA CINGOLI, EDOARDO LOMBARDI, ALBERTO NAGEL, PAOLO BARRAI ( ALIAS BASTARD KILLER TRANSVERSAL WORLDWIDE NEW P 2)!

    ReplyDelete