Inspired by the work of Keeping Families Together

Last month we were joined by Dee and colleagues, who work in central Wandsworth to support young people and families – bringing personal and professional experience to divert young people from criminal exploitation and harmful behaviours. We were inspired by their commitment and their passion to enable and to advocate for those needing support. Read on to learn more…

Dee and Lisa from Keeping Families Together, Garry from Streetlytes and Senia from Women of Wandsworth talked about all the initiatives they provide. This joined up approach recognises the many challenges that families face, and the interconnection of many issues that can make young people vulnerable. Their support includes:

A regular parent forum, for peer support as well as one-to-one advice as needed; confidential domestic violence support group for women; family courts advocacy; play and stay sessions for parents with young children; support for young people and families affected by county lines and exploitation; youth drop-in sessions; housing advocacy, as well as a programme on Fridays to provide hot meals and food bags to those who need them.

If you know someone who might benefit from their support, email Dee at keepingfamiliestogether308@gmail.com, or join the parents’ forum on Mondays from 12 to 2pm, or drop in to the True Brew CafĂ© on Fridays, between 4 and 7pm, for Streetlytes. Both of these projects are based at East Hill Baptist Church, 182 East Hill, Wandsworth SW18 2HD.

Our next RTK meeting is on Thursday 7 July, in person and via Zoom, when we’ll hear about RTKs latest project in a local Pupil Referral Unit, and from spoken word artist, Quinton Green, who works to impact young people at risk of knife crime.

May meeting postponed

We are sorry to tell you that our May meeting will not take place. Covid has suddenly reduced our capacity this month, so we are unable to meet as we’d hoped, to hear from Ben Lindsay from Power The Fight. Ben will come to join us later this year, and our next meeting will be on Thursday 9 June, via Zoom. We value your support and hope that you’ll be able to join us then.

Remembering Lewis

At our last RTK meeting, we remembered Lewis Elwin, who died, aged 20, in April 2016. It was moving to hear from some of his family members, and honour his life that ended too soon. We also heard from Hannah, from Fearless (part of Crimestoppers), who gave insight into what happens behind the scenes to help young people feel confident to report their concern for their friends.

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Recent incidents and meeting P4YE

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.

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Education and support for young people

On Thursday 3 February via Zoom, we heard about a couple of projects that contribute to equipping children and young people for the challenges they face as they increase in independence. Dawn Gibbons, a local magistrate talked about her brand new project for primary schools, and JAGS Foundation explained their girls’ project.

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