Our vision is for CONSCIOUS to be a one stop shop for all grass roots community organisations, families and young people.
WHAT IS CONSCIOUS?
Vision – a unified approach to building communities and to tackle the rise in youth violence
Our vision is for CONSCIOUS LINKS to be a one stop shop for all grass roots community organisations, families and young people. A trusted place to seek resources information and help from experienced and trained professionals. We can do this by building partnerships with groups and organisations to enable Conscious Links to sign post people to the right help! and to build unity between grass root organisations.
Our first pilot event YOUTH UNITY DAY attracted over 1500 people from across London and the UK. Working to unite communities to tackle violent crime in our boroughs. We will over the next year work to attract different and varied community organisations to join forces to bring a change in violent crime.
These organisations are working harmoniously to bring the community together and bring about change in perceptions that all youth are in gangs and look for trouble.
Promotion will be through the local councils, schools and grass root organisations.
This project works to raise awareness that young people can collective come together for the greater good of the community and plan for a healthy productive future. Sports and music unite everyone, and this family fun day is bringing people from all ages and backgrounds. By educating and empowering this project will inspire individuals to leave gang culture and formalise more positive lives by dropping knives.
With the continued growth within Conscious Links we plan that this annual event will promote the great work in our communities through partnerships and similar and will be a celebration of community groups and young people, proof that great things happen when people work together. With partnerships being built through Youth Unity we can work to deliver long term projects that can help young people and work to unite communities from different from all areas.
Long term we can build Youth Unity to be run not just in the UK but host it on the same day (weekend) each year globally and link up through technology thus making a global unity.
Our event in 2020 we will work with premier league football clubs, who have shown a strong interest in the work we are doing and was very impressed with our recent event in 2019.
Partner with groups to led on specific areas of the event, for example THE CRIB will host the main stage for emerging young artists to perform both music and dance. This will also act as a training program to help educate young people into production work.
To include health and wellbeing and to focus on mental health in young people and have an area dedicated to offer help and advice.
We also want to invite more recruitment and businesses to get involved to offer opportunities not only to young people but to parents.
Our plan is to work with more youth groups and let young people take ownership and responsibility of what they want included on the event. Engage more small start-up companies and show case their art and talents.
With the right funding and investors, we can work with partners to run Youth Unity Summer programs throughout the six-week school holidays and further, using sports, music and arts. We would work with a private company who could let us use their land for camping.
For organisations to start networking and working more in partnerships for long term growth to help families and youth in a positive way in which, long term will benefit the communities that they live and work in
For young people to participate in sports to help show that you can be friends with no matter the area, race or age we can all be a positive impact in our own ways therefore, we hope people can take this home with them and implement it to their live
To engage different sports cricket, boxing, rugby MMA and more all to engage and empower young people into programs that can help build confidence and self esteem
Involving organisations together from music, sports and mentoring we are showing how working in unity can make positive changes, and by not taking ownership but working together we can build long term projects for everyone involved.
Evidence of need
Hundreds, maybe thousands of groups are working tirelessly on a shoestring budget. Some with very little support or experience, are working hard to improve their communities and prevent young people from getting involved in gangs and serious youth violence. However, in 2018 a huge number of young people were killed and many more were injured in minor and probably unreported acts of violence relating to gangs. Government money has been invested in national mentoring projects but still these numbers rise.
There were 1,299 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police. In 2017-18, there were 137 knife offences for every 100,000 people in the capital. 2018 was London’s bloodiest year in almost a decade as the murder toll reached 134.9 Jan 2019
It’s a common belief (that we share) that the reason for these incidents is that the complex and underlying issues, the root causes of serious youth violence, are not being addressed and that we need to find innovative ways of finding solutions to the problems. We cannot do this in isolation, no one group or neighbourhood can make change for the whole of London, but if we can collectively pool the work of numerous domestic violence groups, youth groups, advice organisations, parenting support groups, victim support and offender rehabilitation projects and positive activities like children and young people therapy, mentoring, sports and arts etc, we can not only compete with the large national projects for funding but can also start being taken seriously by local government and central government.
Local groups are doing a good job with their core services, but they need help with marketing communications and management to help them grow. They also need to understand the wider context and how working in partnership with other group will deliver benefits to their resources, funding, their communities and London.
The complexity of the issues means that there is no one single solution or answer, however, if we can combine specialisms and share information, training and resources we will be stronger, more sustainable and have a bigger impact.
CONSCIOUSLY WORKING TO BUILD COMMUNITIES.
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