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Students receive a lesson in positive choices

Last Modified October 10, 2019
Students at Mount Grace School in Potters Bar received a hard-hitting message about the dangers becoming involved in gangs during a talk coordinated by Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership.

Over 600 young people, all aged between 11 and 18, heard from St Giles Trust, a charity that helps disadvantaged people find jobs, a home and support to encourage them to become positive contributors to their community.

Cllr Pervez Choudhury, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “We have run a number of these sessions across Hertsmere and they have always been well-received by both the young people and schools involved.

“We work with our police colleagues and other partners in the Community Safety Partnership to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime and getting involved in county lines and gangs across the borough.

“We believe that people with first-hand experience of past issues and how they’ve overcome them, better connect and inspire young people. Our aim is to help young people make informed decisions about what they are getting involved in, which can have devastating consequences.

“During the session, the young people were encouraged to talk to their friends, parents, teachers or even the police about their concerns.

“Anyone can report their concerns anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or their untraceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or the police's non-emergency number 101.”

Helen Marshall, Safeguarding Officer at Mount Grace School, said: "We are delighted that The St Giles Trust have delivered these very important and thought provoking presentations about making positive choices. Our young people were interested and engaged throughout the session.

“It is vital that schools are proactive in their approach to tackling crime and gang culture. Having people who can talk through the realities and consequences of getting involved with gangs or criminality is important in getting the message across. I would highly recommend these sessions."

The sessions took place on Tuesday 8 October.

For more information or to arrange a workshop at your school, contact Loran Kingston on loran.kingston@hertsmere.gov.uk or call 020 8207 2277.
Posted on Thursday 10th October 2019

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