On 4th May 2017, Ascension Trust will be hosting a gathering of community groups and agencies that are involved in the area of serious youth violence. Ascension Trust has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle gang and gun violence in the UK.
Its first major initiative – the ‘Guns off our Streets’ campaign, launched in 1993 – had a significant impact upon many communities affected by serious violence. Academic studies have shown the beneficial sociological impact that Ascension Trust has had in terms of reducing crime statistics.
Many areas of London have particularly high levels of gun- and gang-related violence, and therefore have a vital need for strategic intervention. Ascension Trust – with its wide infrastructure, vast experience and successful history of working in this area – is ideally placed to make a significant difference, with the creation and coordination of a new network comprised of voluntary sector agencies in London.
The Nature of the Problem
At present, there is a problem with the lack of synergy in the public and voluntary sectors to tackle violence, guns, gangs and other social problems. The majority of agencies tend to work independently of each other, without sharing their intelligence and resources. This inevitably results in some re-duplication of initiatives and an overlapping of neighbouring community projects. This lack of a coherent, strategic approach lessens the overall effectiveness of efforts to reduce crime and alleviate social problems.
Ascension Trust firmly believes that these diverse groups could be much stronger by working together – the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. By identifying the best practice and specialisms among charitable organisations that partner with Ascension Trust, vulnerable groups, people at risk and those in need of advice can be referred to the best outlets to help them.
The main contributory factors to crime have been shown to be: family breakdown, peer-group pressures, poor education, deprivation, alcoholism, mental health problems and domestic violence. These are the areas that Ascension Trust’s ‘joined-up’ approach to social problems will seek to impact.
The event will seek to showcase a new network of partnering agencies committed to addressing serious violence in a holistic fashion, and to promote a more collaborative ethos in the community.
To attend this event, please visit www.ascensiontrust.org.uk/events. Places are limited, so you will need to book!