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United Against Knife Crime

Community scheme to launch new programme

23 January 2018

Colchester United Football in the Community are delighted to be awarded funding from the Home Office to deliver our brand new programme, United Against Knife Crime.

This initiative aimed at raising awareness in young people at the dangers and effects of knife crime within the local community will be delivered from February across Colchester, Clacton, Harwich and Chelmsford.

Targeted at engaging with children in school years 5-11, United Against Knife Crime will be looking to directly impact over 3,000 participants by the completion of the work in Spring 2018 with continuation work further into the year.

United Against Knife Crime is a classroom based project to be rolled out across local areas with the following project aims:-

- To increase awareness of the dangers of knife crime.
- To help realise the effect that knife crime has within our communities.
- To empower participants in making better choices and increasing awareness of local support agencies available.
- To work with partners to signpost participants to appropriate organisations to continue our prevention work.

Tom Tayler, Senior Business Development Officer for Colchester United Football in the Community commented, “We are very excited to start delivery of our bespoke programme United Against Knife Crime within the local community.

"United Against Knife Crime will offer guidance and support for young people who may be concerned or have been affected by knife crime which we know is unfortunately on the rise within our county.

"As well as delivering our project aims we will be working closely with partner organisations to ensure the support provided is continuous and can contribute to tackling this issue and therefore making our communities safer places."

If you want any more information regarding United Against Knife Crime please call 01206 755 160 or email

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