A scheme has been launched to highlight the dangers of knife crime in Nottingham and the effects of young people carrying blades.
People are being urged to help the National Justice Museum’s Christmas Challenge to raise £20,000 to fund free places for young people on their anti-knife crime workshops.
Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford and Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping are supporting the campaign and are urging people to donate and give more people the chance to take part.
The ‘Choices and Consequences’ workshops, in partnership with the Ben Kinsella Trust, are aimed at educating nine to 14-year-olds about the impact of carrying a knife through videos of families who have lost loved ones, live action role play and interactive scenarios.
School boy Ben Kinsella was killed in an unprovoked knife in London in the 2008. A charitable trust was set up in his name.
Chief Constable Guildford said: “Choices and Consequences is a real eye-opener for many of the young people who visit and is a really valuable part of the partnership response to knife crime.
“I’m pleased to say that knife crime has reduced in Nottinghamshire over the last year following a real concerted effort by Nottinghamshire Police and our partners to tackle the issue.
“We have a dedicated Knife Crime Team, Schools and Early Intervention Officers in secondary schools and a bespoke educational package in primary schools as part of our strategy to reduce knife crime.”
Vicky Sumner, Fundraiser at the Museum, added: “We want to ensure every child in Nottinghamshire can attend Choices and Consequences for free.
“Choices and Consequences, Nottingham is not about targeting groups of young people, such as young offenders, gang members, the vulnerable and disaffected.
“It takes the view that any young person can choose to carry a knife, and if you make children and young people aware of the consequences of that choice in their formative years, they will reject carrying knives in the future, even in the face of peer pressure.”
Ms Summer added that if you donate to their Big Give #ChristmasChallenge19 until 10 December, your donation will be doubled.