Outreach & Community Support

Community based outreach work is vital to engage not only young men and women but also communities as a whole. Our outreach work is about making support as accessible and relevant as possible.  We use existing networks to reach families, running services from convenient local venues i.e. community centres, estates. This is how we raise awareness of our anti-violence message and include the community to also share this vision and spread the message. Our outreach work also includes community events such as family fun days, prayer vigils upon the death of a young person killed through gun and knife violence.

For our service user feedback, when asked in what way he thought CT could help him before he was engaged with them he stated that they could “help with my transition from life on the streets to normality. In other words, it can offer a way out”. When asked whether CT had helped in any way he replied; 

“They helped me go through my transition from being on the streets, stop selling drugs, playing with firearms and being gang affiliated. Chaos Theory has taken me from that to living a normal life (having a family, paying bills etc.) Now my life is normal I am content, I no longer have to look over my shoulder. Chaos theory has helped me to think positively and constructively and out of that gang mentality.”

Last year annual Family Fun Days were held over the Summer on the three main estates in which we operate where levels of violence are high. The aim was to bring young people and families together, unite communities and spread the anti-violence message. The key to affecting change within communities is to involve the community itself.  We encourage mothers to be involved and that the young men, their partners and children attend. We provide a community barbecue, roller skating, bouncy castle, various stalls, face painting etc. 

 

 

We had a brilliant turnout with over 450 people coming together.  The events were a success in giving families a memorable day out and boosting community spirits. We were also able to engage with the young lads in each area and continue to maintain creditability and trust. This enables us to continue to be in a position within the communities to successfully prevent violence and support those in prisons.

Additionally, we arrange yearly outward bound trips for young men and women that give them a chance to leave the area and attain different life skills within challenging environments. They are able to leave their usual environments for a few days and attain a different life experience and skills that equip them for the challenges they face in their lives. We provide them with a comfortable, safe space to explore their emotions, learn new skills and live their lives to their fullest potential.

"I had an amazing time, thanks for letting me have this experience and get away from my normal life. It has made me think about things and how I need to change."

Part of our community work is to ensure that upon a death of a young person/adult killed by gun or knife violence, we intensively support the whole community and mark the death by uniting people and spreading the message of peace and anti-violence. The prayer vigil below was organised after the double murder of two young men whom the team had known well for a number of years. This was a pivotal moment for CT in the community.

(Article below from Daily Mail in which Ms Hothi spoke on behalf of the family and community)

Tonight around 25 grieving relatives and friends of the victims sobbed and held each other for comfort as they stood in pouring rain for prayers close to the spot where the pair were found. Speaking on behalf of the group, a close friend of the families who declined to be named, said:

 ‘We need peace and unity in our community.  We have a lot of mums from the area here to show solidarity, that we can get through this and be there for their families. ‘This has shocked us all deeply, it has affected everyone and we need time to grieve the loss of these two boys. ‘We need space. This is our time to remember them.’

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