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Over 20,000 young people across Essex have now received guidance and advice around the dangers of knife crime, thanks to a leading project run by Colchester United's Community Foundation programme.

Our 'United Against Knife Crime' project is funded by the Police, Fire and Crime Commission and the Essex Community Foundation (High Sheriff Fund) and is currently being delivered throughout schools and colleges in the Colchester area. 

'United Against Knife Crime' is designed to educate and raise awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife, provide knowledge around County Lines and explore the impact that social media has in normalising gang and violent culture. 

Our programmes lead said: “Our United Against Knife Crime programme has made amazing progress since it launched in early 2018 and we can’t wait for it to reach even more young people.”

“Although Colchester may not be in a big city location, the influence of serious violence and knife crime through County Lines is something we have seen become prevalent throughout our towns in Essex.”

“Our project aims to keep up with complex issues that surround this subject and educate our participants on how to be aware and stay safe.”

“Alongside the support from Essex Police and other various partners, we are looking forward to continuing to expand our delivery to reach more class rooms in the future.”

“We hope that through our delivery we can raise awareness, educate and change attitudes towards knife crime and carrying a knife, and that this in turn will be a huge step towards a safer future for our children.”

Colchester United Community Foundation are delivering their United Against Knife Crime programme in Schools and to Community Groups, where these sessions can be delivered as classroom workshops or as assemblies and can be tailored to fit the timings required.

Please email if you have any enquiries about our programmes or make your booking.

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