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Foundation Anti-Knife Crime Project Receives Backing From Home Office

Newcastle United Foundation has been awarded a grant of more than £20,000 by the Home Office to deliver anti-knife crime sessions across Newcastle.

Funded through the government’s Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund, the project will allow the Foundation to expand our Anti-Youth Violence team, run multiple school outreach assemblies, as well as four week in-school programmes across the region.

These sessions will cover a broad range of topics, from the laws and risks around knife crime to the impact of violent crime on victims.

The funding will also further our partnership with the Newcastle Youth Offending Team by establishing two day workshops aimed at young people who have committed an offence linked to knife crime. Street Doctors will also be involved in the project.

As a result of the funding, the Foundation will be able to further support the Home Office in delivering its anti-knife crime campaign #Knifefree.

By engaging with the Home Office and sharing our successes, the Anti-Knife Crime project will be invaluable to the development of future campaigns.

Jacqueline Critchley, Youth Violence Project Coordinator at Newcastle United Foundation said: “This funding will help Newcastle United Foundation work with an even greater number of young people to help change their perception of carrying knives, to realise the repercussions using weapons can have and the impact this can have on their victims.

“In partnership with Newcastle Youth Offending Team, our interactive practical sessions aimed at young people aged 11-17 will reach as many young people as we can through the workshops, school programmes and visiting other Foundation projects that engage with this age group.”

Knox Walton, Youth Offending Team Manager at Newcastle City Council added, “This funding offers a great opportunity to enhance multi-agency partnership work to engage positively with young people and maintain the low rate of knife related crime in Newcastle.”

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