London Needs You Alive

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is backing the Mayor of London’s anti-knife campaign.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is urging young people to use social media using to show their support using the hashtags #LondonNeedsYouAlive and #LNYA.

Teenagers are being asked to share the YouTube video below on Facebook and Twitter or post their own photos and videos with positive messages about why London needs them alive and why they don’t carry a knife.

They are also being asked to follow LondonNeedsYouAlive on Instagram and post messages and images using the same hashtags.

Metropolitan Police figures show that in the 12 months to February 2018 knife crime increased in London by 26 per cent with Haringey and Enfield both seeing sharp rises.

The Mayor has pledged to better target criminals, offer ways out of crime, keep weapons off London’s streets, protect and educate young people, stand up with communities against knife crime and provide more support to victims of knife crime.

London Needs You AliveLeft, ex-offender Paul warns students of the serious consequences of carrying a knife last autumn. Right, students Shannon Berry and Jason Guerra share their views as part of a consultation on knife crime earlier this year.

CONEL students have been proactively involved in the fight against knife crime.

In March they were invited to share their views as part of a wider consultation for a Knife Crime Action Plan commissioned by Haringey Council.

The information was being gathered by Godwin Lawson Foundation, which supports young people in Tottenham and Enfield to achieve their potential by providing them with positive opportunities to keep them away from crime.

The charity was set up by Yvonne Lawson, the mother of 17-year-old Godwin Lawson who grew up in Tottenham and was killed in a knife attack in 2010.

Last autumn students also heard about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife from an ex-offender who was jailed for life for stabbing a man to death.

The session was organised by the charity London Village Network, which offers young people support with their personal development, career advice, gaining new skills and social issues.

Click here for more information on the London Needs You Alive campaign.

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