Christians to run training to combat youth crime

Christian leader, Hazel Nelson-Williams, has joined forces with fellow believers, Karen Allen of Dare To Dream, Rev Len Allen, and Sheldon Thomas of Gangsline, to provide training to churches wanting to work with disenfranchised youth, gang members and those susceptible to crime.

Hazel, a former Tesco Mum of the Year, explained, “We just want to make sure that churches are doing what God called us to do, and that’s to look after the families in their vicinity and the youth.”

Topics covered in workshops will include conflict resolution, money management, and how to set up food banks.  They have already delivered two sessions at Brixton Town Hall and at Rhema Word Church in Tottenham, north London.

Hazel Nelson-Williams, a wife and mother of five sons, set up the Nelson Williams Foundation to work with young people in Enfield, following a spate of killings in 2011.

She also supports people, who have lost friends and family members due to youth violence.  She was one of the first people on the scene, following the recent shooting of 15-year-old Shereka Marsh, and she has been supporting Lorraine Jones, whose son Dwayne Simpson was fatally stabbed in Brixton.

Hazel is also planning to organise a major prayer rally in the summer, to bring Christians from across London to pray for the youth.

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