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October 17, 2018

 Since I wrote my last two blogs about the need to involve young people in the London Violence Reduction Unit, the Home Office has announced a £200 million fund for a long-term, public health approach to youth violence. But, whilst - in funding terms - we have gone fro...

September 25, 2018

Last week, the Mayor of London announced plans for the development of a Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) in London. This sparked me to write a blog suggesting that it’s going to need all of us to make it happen. Most importantly of all though, I said that it needs to have...

September 19, 2018

The London Mayor has announced a Violence Reduction Unit for London. It’s a timely and necessary move from Sadiq Khan - one he should be applauded for. But the announcement of a VRU is just the beginning - the greatest challenge, of course, will be to make it happen. I...

July 26, 2018

I am disillusioned. OK, I am the mother of a five-month-old baby who doesn’t sleep. But it isn’t that. A few months ago, it was announced that for the first time, the murder rate in London was higher than that in New York. Stabbings in London are at their highest in si...

March 8, 2018

“Well that was a good discussion. Thank you all for coming. We’ll be in touch with some dates for the next few meetings.

"And I’ll ask Katie to work on a matrix to send out for comment.

"We would like to publish our report one year from now. So we’ve got a tight timeline...

February 22, 2018

“What organisation do I say I’m working for, Charlie?” “And how do I claim my tube fare?” I couldn’t believe I was being asked these questions just two weeks after setting up two chairs and some boxes at Camden Lock.

We ran a Problem Solving Booth. It worked. And now th...

February 8, 2018

It was a funny thing standing outside that fish and chip shop on a North London housing estate all those years ago.

It’s how MAC-UK started - the charity I founded that works with some of our most deprived and excluded young people. Those who are most in need. But least...

January 25, 2018

“Nothing you’ve told me makes me think that you’re going mad,” I say. “I work with lots of people with similar difficulties. What you are experiencing is very common”.

This is my most used line in my psychology clinic. And often the most powerful and reassuring. It’s be...

January 11, 2018

“What would make people happier in your community?” I called across to the fishmonger at a busy street market. Then I asked the same thing of the traffic warden. And the lady selling fried chicken.

Everyone knew everyone else. I was the outsider. But I was with a local...

August 16, 2017

Sunscreen. Thermals. A good umbrella. A magnum Sharpie (or big, black marker pen for those not in the know). Some old bits of cardboard. String. Scissors. A permit and a big role of gaffa tape.

These are some of the things I have reeled off when asked recently by buddin...

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