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BEREAVED FAMILIES PEER SUPPORT

First-hand experience from others that understand

Dover Rotary Club

On the 28th April Tracey Ford visited the Dover Rotary Club to speak about youth on youth violence and pass on the message to help young people to get involved in their community, and help provide opportunities. Members asked Tracey about laws surrounding parenting and protection of children, and Tracey told the story of how JAGS began and the developments within the organisation 9 years on. She spoke about her work in schools and JAGS focus on educating and preventing young people about violence.

We would like to thank the Rotary Club for their hospitality.

 

JAGS with Rotary

Brighton Paris Cycle Fundraiser

 My journey – DAY 1

On the 30th March I woke up at 6am and attached my rucksack to the back of my bike. Feeling extremely nervous I cycled down to Brighton Pier to meet the group of people I was going to cycle to Paris with. All 12 of us set off for Newhaven and were on the ferry to Dieppe by 10. We arrived in Dieppe and spent the first day cycling on a beautiful old railway line down to Bray, now a cycling path. The weather was good and we were feeling confident, until the clouds went grey and a rainstorm began. We continued to cycle and I remember losing all feeling in my toes and fingers. After another hour cycling in the rain we found shelter under a railway bridge and ate some glucose packs to re-energize. After a short break we continued to our first stop, where we slept for the night.

I woke up after only managing to sleep for a couple of hours, mainly due to nerves. After a café au lait and crossiant we set off, weary eyed for day 2. We cycled through the beautiful rural countryside of Northern France, with lots of hills farms and forests. The weather held up well besides an hour or twos rain, but was nowhere near as bad as the first day. We treated ourselves to a lovely hotel with a pool and had a swim after my legs began cramping up. We had dinner and went to sleep, ready for another big day of cycling.

 

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  DAY 3

Didn’t sleep again last night, managed to nod off for about 3 hours. Normally good at sleeping so struggling with over tiredness. But ready for the last day of cycling! 55 miles to Paris. On this day we encountered the hardest hills of the entire trip, with one hill taking about an hour of solid cycling to make it to the top. We were absolutely exhausted but spirits were not dampened, and when we reached the edge of Paris and saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time it felt incredible. What an amazing sight. We arrived in Paris that evening.

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Throughout the whole trip I only managed to suffer 2 bike punctures, and survived one of the heaviest rainstorms I’ve ever witnessed

I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated, there is one day left of fundraising before my page closes!  

You can donate  on Justgiving here

Yeh we did it!!!

International Womens Day Fundraiser

Today we attended the ASKI (Advice, Support, Knowledge, Information)’s International Women’s Day Fundraiser in Thornton Heath. The fundraiser focused on the empowerment and emancipation of women throughout history to now, as well as acknowledging all the women present. The morning combined music, poetry, spoken word, and guest speeches from the Mayor of Croydon and our very own Tracey Ford.

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Thank you so much to Joseph and the rest of the team for having us, it was a lovely day.

See below for pictures:

 

House of Commons Debate

We attended the Houses of Commons last week for the Youth Violence debate in the chamber. We were there to support MP Chuka of Streatham, who is running a stop youth violence debate.

Starting his opening speech about the work of our CEO Tracey and JAGS was incredible to hear, and he continued to lead a debate about the strategies being implemented all over England and Scotland to reduce youth violence and provide alternative places for young people to go.

To see a clip of the debate follow the link below:

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/345df3af-019f-40f6-93af-0a1d90d9c489?in=11:46:20&out=11:47:14

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Chuka Ummana Debate

We wanted to express our congratulations to Chuka who was due to have a meeting voicing the epidemic of youth violence at the Houses of Commons. With 187 youth on youth murders since 2005 this is a serious problem that needs to be heard, and with discussions taking place whereby influential politicians can hear, a movement towards change can occur and proceed. The meeting has been rescheduled, however we wanted to say thank you to him for pushing the meeting and helping voices to be heard.

Chuka Ummana is an influential person within the local community, as seen in his recent visit to St Martins. The video and other pictures from our meeting with Chuka can be found on our twitter page.

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Thank you Charlie!

We want to say a huge thank you to our lovely intern Charlie, who has been with us for the last 3 weeks. Charlie came to lots of events with us, including the Pinch of Spice event last month, as well as our 9th Vigil. She has brilliant creativity, dedication and enthusiasm.

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Thank you to Euro Akademie Halle in Germany and Lydie Pratt at Work UK for organizing Charlies trip and bringing us such a great intern!

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House of Commons – Addressing Gang Culture

Today we went to the Houses of Commons to speak with other organisations and MP’s about how to address the epidemic of gang violence. Emilia, one of the JAGS co-ordinators, travelled to Westminster to speak with Stephen Timms MP and join the debate on how to tackle gang violence through local organisations rather than policing strategies such as Operation Shield. The group of representatives voiced similar opinions, to summarise:

  • Spread the funding from government schemes and large charities into the smaller organisations who have the contacts, access and projects to address gang violence face on and start to breakdown the rates of violence
  • Youth are seen as hard to reach so there is no attempt to reach them just attack them for being involved in violence, when actually we need to HEAR what the problems are that they are facing and help to overcome them
  • This is a social violence problem
  • Gentrification and regeneration of areas may make them look better but does not help face the social problems the youth are facing. These geographical changes only lead to disposition of problems rather than solution of problems

Thank you to Global Net 21 for organising the meeting.

 

Andre’s 9th Candle light Vigil

 

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On Wednesday 3rd February we gathered together at Streatham Ice Rink to pay tribute by lighting candles in honor of Andre and the 187 young lives that have been lost due to youth on youth violence.

Young people carrying weapons is not an issue that affects one race or religion, but an issue that affects entire communities.

Not only were people showing up and paying respects but also to discuss the current issue of youth violence within our communities, and coming together to show the strength of friends and families affected.

Thank you to everyone that came, we are extremely grateful for your support.

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The Funding Network

On the 28th of January we traveled to the Goodman Derrick building at St Pauls for the January Funding event. We pitched our projects for this year, focusing on women within gangs, and met the other three organisations, Clean Conscience, North London Cares and Nyaka Aids Orphans Project. The pitch lasted six minutes and was followed by a bidding style crowdfunding bid. The JAGS pitch emphasised the importance of addressing the epidemic of youth on youth violence, tackling problems hands on. Through supporting young women trapped within violence and without a voice our main focus is to empower young women through peer on peer support, through workshops, talks, campaigning and providing hope for those who need it.

We were fortunate enough to receive £8,182 in funding!

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We would like to express our huge appreciation to all the givers who supported us, and to The Funding Network for giving us the opportunity to pitch.

To watch our pitch follow the link below:

For more information on The Funding Network visit:

http://www.thefundingnetwork.org.uk

For more information about JAGS visit:

Facebook: JAGS Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/JAGSFoundation/

Twitter: @jagsfoundation

https://twitter.com/jagsfoundation

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