Responding to the announcement that grassroots organisations in Enfield and Haringey have received a share of £1.15 million funding from the Mayor of London for anti-knife crime projects, local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:
“Today’s announcement dispels recent insinuations made in the press that the Mayor’s action on knife crime is limited to an ad campaign. By funding another 34 grassroots community initiatives across London as part of his Knife Crime Strategy, Sadiq Khan is taking concrete steps to prevent further tragedies from taking place on our streets. Our community is amongst those that will benefit, with funding being granted to 5 grassroots organisations in Enfield and Haringey.
“Early intervention projects play an essential part in stemming the culture of violence in our capital. They empower young people and enhance community cohesion. To this extent, the Mayor will also be introducing his £45 million ‘Young Londoners Fund’, in order to plug the gap left by deep and sustained cuts to youth services made by the Government over the last 8 years.
“Under the current mayoralty, we have the first ever dedicated Knife Crime Strategy, alongside the investment of an extra £110 million from the Mayor to the Met to sustain police numbers and to try and mitigate the impact caused by Government cuts. Meanwhile, today’s funding will go towards stopping the most vulnerable kids in our community becoming caught up in crime.
“The criticisms that have come out against the Met and the Mayor in recent days are evidently unfounded, especially when the Government have continually refused to properly fund our police.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced today that 34 local projects will receive a share of £1.15 million of funding as part of his wider Knife Crime Strategy.
5 projects in Enfield and Haringey have received funding:
Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Haringey) – £44,456 to provide 48 weeks of weekly information and support for up to 360 children transitioning from primary to secondary school and their parents in Tottenham, Haringey.
Real Impact Social Empowerment Projects (Haringey) – £10,140 to deliver a community safety project predominantly aimed at Haringey’s young Somali community, including mentoring, workshops, awareness raising and a one-day summit reaching 300 people overall, in order to reduce knife crime in Wood Green and surrounding areas.
Communities Against Violence (Haringey) – £38,840 to deliver a two-pronged approach supporting victims and perpetrators of knife crime in Haringey via a phone line and outreach service reaching 200 people, and a family-style mentoring programme for four at risk young people.
Godwin Lawson Foundation (Enfield and Haringey) – £47,528 to deliver in-school presentations around dangers of knife crime to 900 young people followed by targeted workshops and support for 40 young people across four schools in Enfield and Haringey.
Joanne McCartney is the London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey.
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