The devastating impact of knife crime will be taught to young people in Ilkeston through a series of hard-hitting workshops.
The Direct Help and Advice (DHA) charity, in Bath Street, has been awarded a small grant from The High Sheriff of Derbyshire’s (David Coleman) fund for the scheme.
The ‘youth central’ project will work in partnership with Erewash-based Studio Combat Academy to deliver a series of knife crime awareness and self-defence workshops to groups of young people aged 13 to 19 at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.
Kath Jackson, centre manager at DHA, said: “The workshops raise awareness of the legal implications surrounding knife crime and the devastating impact that a knife attack can have on the victim and their family.
“It will allow young people to develop their self awareness and to understand about their behaviour and the impact that it has on themselves and others.”
The workshops aim to raise awareness of knife crime and the law, highlight the injuries caused from knife attacks and how to handle knife wound emergencies. They also aim to deter young people from carrying or using a knife and earn some practical techniques to hand conflict positively and avoid confrontation.
The activities aim to offer practical activities to reflect on behaviour choices and to practice positive communication techniques.
The sheriff’s awards are for projects involving young people in activities which have a positive impact on crime reductions and community safety; diverting young people from involvement in crime.