We met on Thursday 3 March, in person, and via Zoom. In a change to plans, in response to distressing social media videos of incidents in Wandsworth, Police Neighbourhoods Inspector, Jonathan Lloyd, joined us to talk about this and answer questions. We also heard from the amazing P4YE project in Croydon.
Jonathan explained the range of police activity in response to the actions seen on the shared videos, where in both cases, suspects have been arrested and charged, and community policing responses are also being carried out. Those listening shared their distress on behalf of the victims and their families, and deep concern on the impact on the community in general and on year 6 students in particular, many of whom are now scared about their transition to secondary schools. Jonathan Lloyd will follow up on suggestions that Police Officers team up with community members to visit primary schools to bring reassurance and advice on safety for these pupils.
Joseph Amuah from Project 4 Youth Empowerment (P4YE) explained the wide scope of their work. They are a Croydon-based organisation, wanting to spread their work wider. They support young people (10 to 25 years old) and families, trying to lead them to better futures. They build positive relationships with professional services to bridge the gap between them and their communities. They provide 1:1 and Group Mentoring, Advocacy, Parental Support, courses to help with education and employment and more! Thank you so much to Joseph and to Wayne Lindsay, his colleague, for bringing this inspiring project and for all their hard work to enable positive change for young people.