RTK and Francis Barber, Tooting

RTK, in collaboration with other organisations, began a project in March, to students in years 9 and 10 at the Francis Barber Pupil Referral Unit. Covid-19 caused staff absences which meant that the project had to be paused after a good first week – we’ll return there after Easter!

On Monday 7 March year 9 and 10 students heard Jermaine Goupall’s story. They had lots of questions, and expressed shock about the impact of his death, and the consequences for those who were convicted of his murder. Thank you to Tilisha and Denise from Justice for Jermaine Foundation for a powerful presentation and the depth of engagement with the students.

Lydia Lawrence from The Narrative Empowerment Project joined us on Thursday morning. Every student listened and responded to her powerful story (see our video of her story, told to RTK, here). They gave positive feedback to Lydia, admiring her courage, and feeling the pain of her story.

Quinton Green from MMAP Workshops will bring an in-depth music/spoken word workshop after Easter – to give more time for the students to express their own responses to what they have heard and experienced about knife crime.

RTK is grateful for funding from the Wandsworth Knife Crime Forum to enable this project.

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