27th February 2019 11:59am
On Monday 18 February, B Young Stars’ knife crime session supported by St Giles Trust was joined by Greenwich & Woolwich MP Matthew Pennycook. The event took place at Woolwich Common Youth Hub, one of four hubs run by Young Greenwich, the youth service CACT delivers on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and was attended by groups of young people aged 13-18 and parents. Evan Jones and SOS Case Worker Tyron from St Giles Trust were also guest speakers at the session to discuss various topics including gangs, street violence and how to stay safe.
B Young Stars is a partner of Young Greenwich, specialising in education, physical activities, personal development and heavily support to reduce youth violence through their mentoring programmes.
Engaging with the young people, the MP spoke about the current issues affecting the young people today and how they can be influential within the decision making in the government through voting. He also gave the young people career advice, with many unsure about their career paths.
Parents were invited to the knife crime session to raise awareness of how they can help address the issue. This gave them the opportunity to meet the MP and discuss how they can work together to build a good future for their children.
Abdi, B Young Stars’ Founder, said:
"It was good to see our local MP attending our community workshops and sharing support on the work at ground level to deter knife crimes. Also, the MP motivated young people to get involved in decisions making about policies regarding their issues.”
Speaking on Twitter, Matthew Pennycook said that “After a difficult day in Westminster”, he “really enjoyed meeting B Young Stars at Woolwich Common”, thanking “Abdi for organising and Tyron for sharing his experience.”