London Needs You

London Needs You Alive

Everyone has a role to play in stopping violence.

We want every young Londoner to be safe.

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Get inspired

Londoners are doing incredible things to spread the London Needs You Alive message. Below are three examples of how these passionate people are making a difference in our city.

  • Amani's story

    Amani got into trouble a few years back. A whole lot of trouble.

    "I've made quite a few mistakes, got in trouble with the law... I got myself involved in a situation where I ended up getting stabbed seven times."

    Amani decided he'd dedicate his life to empowering the next generation of young people and he's making good on that promise every day.

    Watch Amani's story

  • Lions Society's story

    It takes a village to raise a child. Or, in the case of the Lions Society, a group of barbers to provide a platform to tackle knife crime.

    Barbers James and Raymond formed the group to create a space where young people can open up and talk about what's going on, because as James says:

    "One of the biggest killers is when young people can't see their own future."

    Watch the Lions Society's story

  • Jordan's story

    Jordan works as a mentor at The Wickers - a charity supporting eight to eighteen year olds in Hackney. On what inspired her to become a mentor, Jordan says of her brother:

    "This kid is just watching us and he's learning everything we do, so we have to show him the right way."

    When she's not inspiring young people like her brother to make the right choices, Jordan can be found studying for her Level 3 Business degree, making music or modelling.

    Watch Jordan's story

  • Amani's story
  • Lions Society's story
  • Jordan's story

Get help

If you've got a problem, or you're worried about a friend, remember it's never too late to ask for help. You can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 anonymously 24/7. If it's an emergency, a crime is being committed or someone is in danger always dial 999:

I know someone carrying a knife, what do I do?

It's never too late to get help if you're worried about gun and knife crime, or are involved with it already. You could talk to your teacher, another adult you trust or Childline.

Google your local youth club or community centre as they may run projects that are geared towards stopping gun crime, and you could get involved.

You can call Childline on 0800 1111 at any time if you're worried about your own safety or if you think someone you know is carrying or even using a gun or knife.

You can also contact fearless.org anonymously online at www.fearless.org/en for more information about gun and knife crime and the law. Or, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you want to report a crime that has already happened.

Don't be afraid to be strong and do the right thing.

Will I get arrested if I hand in a knife?

There is no excuse for carrying a knife in a public place unless you are depositing it as part of a knife surrender.

If you are stopped and a police officer suspects that the knife has been used in a criminal offence, you may have to answer questions regarding how you came to have it.

For more information also contact Childline.

Find a knife bin.

I’ve been affected by knife crime and need help dealing with this – can someone help me?

There is support out there for you.

A number of websites will provide you with further information:

Or you could speak to your teacher, youth worker or an adult who you trust. Victim Support also has a national website aimed at young victims of crime, which provides information and resources.

 
 

I don’t feel safe, where can I go?

If you don't feel safe in any situation you should leave/run and then tell someone why you have left.

Go to a nearby home of somebody you trust, a relative or friend, youth/community group, police station or local government building i.e. town hall, where you will be safe.

Also speak to your school or safer schools officer who can help you find a safe route to and from school.

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