Yesterday (Thursday 6th December), members of the team from Youth Fed visited the ‘Angel of Knives’ at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.
The Angel is formed from over 100,000 knives confiscated by 43 police stations across the country. It stands at 27 feet tall and took over a year to build by artist Alfie Bradley.
Up until now the ‘Angel of Knives’ has been at the British Ironwork Centre but thanks to the work of local residents it will be in Liverpool until 31st January 2019. It will be used to raise awareness for the #NoMoreKnives campaign within the city.
Youth Fed visited the ‘Angel of Knives’ as it’s a powerful reminder of the epidemic of knife crime the country is currently facing.
This December 18th Youth Fed’s own #KnifeFree campaign continues with the Trade the Blade – Anti Knife Crime and Personal Safety Programme hosted by partner venue Safety Central in Lymm. The event will be a chance to see what YouthFed can deliver for young people within your areas.
Trade the Blade is funded by the Home Office and dedicated to fighting the nationwide rise in knife crime. Recent figures show that in Cheshire, knife crime rose between 2016/17 by close to 10% over the national average of 44%.
Throughout the Trade the Blade programme, Youth Fed will work directly with people aged 15-18 within the Runcorn, Widnes, Ellesmere Port and Macclesfield areas. The project will cover:
- Awareness workshops on gangs, knives, personal safety and first aid
- High impact experimental talks
- Visits to Prisons
- 1-2 hours of mentoring
- Guest speakers
Youth Fed will work with a variety of different agencies and organisations to support the programme across the North West.
If you’re interested in attending the Trade the Blade event or finding out more on how Youth Fed can support young people in your area click here or contact Jaf Din, the Program Lead:
Jaf Din – Youth Worker