Stop the Knives Ending Lives won the Youth Lead award at this evening Crimebeat Awards, and in a shock announcement, also won the High Sherriff’s Association Award, in recognition of the reach of the campaign, despite launching just days before last year’s lockdown. Watch the video here.
Led by MYP Jess, a pupil at St Edmund Arrowsmith, The Cabinet’s campaign aimed to raise awareness about the impact of knife crime through engagement with community partners and secondary schools across the borough. The initiative was developed following incidents of knife crime that have occurred in the borough including the tragic murder of Adam Ellison in 2017.
Jess said: “After our launch, we were put into the first lockdown in 2020, which meant that we couldn’t go to schools and youth clubs to share our campaign as originally planned. As a result of this, we adapted and relaunched the campaign on social media, reaching over 5000 people. This isn’t the end of Stop the Knives Ending Lives; we aim to expand our reach and continue to work with the community and support families like Adam Ellison’s and the ADAM Foundation.”
Paul Oginsky, Chief Executive Officer at Vibe “We approach youth work and working with young people from one key focus: helping young people to improve their relationships. We believe that when young people have positive relationships with themselves and with others, they are able to play a positive role in building vibrant communities. I’m delighted that the hard work of our Youth Cabinet has been recognised in such a prestigious ceremony. Whilst I know that our young people were hoping for a trip to London, the fact that so many of our local community logged online to watch the ceremony, really proves the impact this campaign has had.
Prior to the win, Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “This nomination is well deserved and it’s brilliant to see Knowsley’s Youth Cabinet being recognised for their dedication and hard work. We should all be incredibly proud of these young people for creating and driving positive change in our borough.
Inspector Sharon O’Brien of Merseyside Police said: “The Community is at the centre of this initiative with the aim to reduce incidents of knife crime and raise awareness. But this is just the start of the journey. The programme aims to promote the voices of young people, listening to their worries and acting upon them. It is with great pleasure to see this initiative be so well received and I can’t wait to see this scheme continue to grow.”
The High Sheriff of Merseyside said: “I am pleased that this nomination has received national recognition and I wish them every success. It is exciting to see them get recognised along with other initiatives being created to protect our wider community.”
More about the Crimebeat Awards
Merseyside Police coordinate the awards for the county on behalf of The High Sheriff of Merseyside. The High Sheriff then selects the local winners and puts them forward for the national awards.
Regardless of where the idea has come from, the project should have a beneficial effect on the community aimed at reducing crime, either directly, or by preventing crime from being committed.
Knowsley Youth Cabinet won the ‘Youth Lead’ category and the High Sheriff’s Association Award.
More about Knowsley Youth Cabinet
From social to political campaigns, Knowsley Youth Cabinet gives young people the chance to have their say and make their voices heard. Meeting fortnightly, it offers a chance for members to meet like-minded people their age and participate in local and national events around the country. For more information, contact [email protected]