Listen to the incredible story of the Woolwich boys – a largely Somali led south London street gang.
Gangs, Glamourisation and Manipulation: insights from a rapper turned trainer on connecting with “the youth.”
A conversation between Malik (MD7) Harrison, our lead facilitator and creative, and Professor Lynn Davies Malik is a professional hip-hop artist, as lyricist and MC with MD7, and a solo career that has seen him touring with artists including Jay-Z, Mark Ronson, Professor Green and Wiley. Malik is a highly skilled facilitator, performer and public […]
Shahid fought skinheads in the 1980’s in Birmingham, then became an aid worker and soon joined the foreign fighters brigade in Bosnian – and then he was falsely imprisoned in Yemen. He is now active in combating racism, extremism and gang activity back in the UK.
Why should we be talking about extremist violence at the same time as gangs, serious youth violence and knife crime?
Like extremism and terrorism, gang related violence and knife crime isn’t an emerging issue. Across the country, skilled practitioners have been working in the violence prevention space long before 21st century journalists labelled it an ‘epidemic’. Violence is very often rooted in an un-met need or desire whether you, an external, believe the need is legitimate or […]
Narratives of redemption are rarely straightforward. In the short film of Hezron recently released by ConnectFutures, we hear of his journey from a gruelling, brutal childhood, through homelessness, a criminal record, to gang membership and violence and finally to his current role as ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and mentoring young people. It is not all grim. […]
What would you say if a young person asked you this question? At a BRAVE (building resilience against violence and extremism) training session with a year group of teenagers in a secondary school in Birmingham, questions were invited. A genuine query from one was ‘where is it safe to stab someone?’ They thought there might be parts […]