A guest blog by Isabel Davis
I represent Medics against Violence, a Violence Prevention charity based in Glasgow and charity partner of the Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland.
We are organising a run to raise funds for A Community In Motion. A Community in Motion involves the whole community working together to ensure young people and their parents have the skills to achieve a better quality life chances through the themes of Health, Happiness and Hope.
The School catchments cover a large area of Glasgow's East End where inequality and deprivation are big issues for the community. There is a long history of violence in these communities and many of the young people are vulnerable children who are at the moment on the cusp of gang involvement.
The project aims to support the development of softer skills to help children navigate an increasing complex world and to build empathy into the classroom setting. This will reduce the barriers to learning through helping the young people to deal with the situations they face on a daily basis.
This initiative will be built upon year on year as the children develop. It will be developed into a programme that will begin at Primary 5, be continued through secondary school and into adulthood.
It will particularly support parents and families who are 'just coping' to give them strategies to support their young people to engage in learning, school and the wider community.
Over the coming years these schools, the teachers, pupils and the parents will work with partners such as The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit through their Mentors in Violence Prevention programme, Re-Attachment, Medics against Violence, PEEK, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow and others to make a change.
The run will take place on Sunday 14th of June in Pollok Park, Glasgow. There are 3 planned routes: 10, 5 and 2k so something for all the family, and we are affiliated with Scottish Athletics.
You can register your place at www.mavsrunforhope.co.uk
Thank you again for your time and we hope to see you on the day!
We want to live our lives safe from crime. We are going in the right direction, but how can we accelerate the pace and see increasingly large reductions in rates of crime and victimisation?
That is the task that occupies the Building Safer Communities Programme Board. Our last meeting began at the Possilpoint Community Centre in Possil, and then at the offices of NG Homes just along the road.
I always look forward to meetings of the BSC Board, finding them a great chance to meet with people at work in the community. Time and again I have been inspired by the dedication and resilience of people who are working flat out to make their communities better places to live. That is complemented by the insight, experience and leadership that Board members bring to the table.
Possil was no exception.
I've taken on the role as Board champion for Possil. Members of the Board have been allocated particular places and themes to learn from - helping to ensure that our contributions around the Board table are based not only on our role within an organisation, but on what we are seeing happen in communities across Scotland. Over the past few weeks I've been able to make three visits, and have found every one of them energising, thought provoking and at times moving.
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