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Hackney charity project educates youths about dangers of carrying knives

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:39 16 September 2013

Young people hold up certificates after taking part in knife awareness training over the summer at The Crib Youth Inclusion project

Young people hold up certificates after taking part in knife awareness training over the summer at The Crib Youth Inclusion project

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More than 90 young people took part in workshops about the dangers of carrying or using knives.

More than 90 young people took part in workshops about the dangers of carrying and using knives.

The sessions were held by the Crib Youth Project, a social inclusion initiative based in Hackney which works with young people who are unemployed, not in training or at risk of offending or reoffending.

Volunteers who have been involved in knife crime or have fallen victim to it ran the workshops.

Kelly Reid, project coordinator, said: “It went really well. Our three young facilitators, who have hands-on experience of knives, came across as very confident.

The feedback was really positive and participants said it was something they would tell other people about.

“One of the attendees was referred to us by his mum who was worried he had been found carrying a knife. During the workshop he spoke very openly and was given advice. And afterwards his mum was informed how it went and was reassured that she would get ongoing support if required.”

The workshops were run at the Stoke Newington Hub in Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington and Chats Place in Brooksby’s Walk, Homerton and were funded by Barts Hospital.

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