Londoners are doing incredible things to spread the London Needs You Alive message. Below are three examples of how these passionate young people are making a difference in our city.
Amani got into trouble a few years back - a 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."
Lions Society's story
Barbers James and Raymond are tackling knife crime through their group, the Lions Society, creating 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."
Jordan is a mentor at a charity supporting eight to 18 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."
- Amani's story
- Lions Society's story
- Jordan's story
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are plenty of ways you can help young Londoners in your community stay safe. Search for opportunities below and see how you can share our London Needs You Alive message.