Lets Talk Knife Crime2021-05-27T14:55:36+01:00

Three teenagers from Southwark have started training Met police cadets. It’s true. This ground-breaking scheme is the brainchild of local London project Elevated Minds who for the past two years have been working with these young people.

Check out our FILMS page. The three guys feature in two LET’S TALK Videos, the first with British rapper Zuby, recorded on the eve of their first training session with Met Cadets; the second video, published on the anniversary of George Floyd’s killing, catches up with the young team after their second training session.

In 2021 LET’S TALK is focusing on Family and is seeking online sessions with parents, children and young people, especially those living in Southwark and south London. See our LET’S TALK Video Report 2020.

In early 2019 and 2020, LET’S TALK ran Forums providing young people with professionals to talk to. Film Screenings in the Autumn showed young people what their peers were saying and doing,  such as The Movement Factory and their production “One Road, Two Paths”.

LET’S TALK, set up by Peckham-based Community TV Trust, is a four year project spanning 2019-2022, with forums and film screenings in schools and youth clubs.

LET’S TALK confronts social dysfunction by listening. From a Panel of professionals listening to young people comes positivity, as LET’S TALK Panel members pass on their findings to our elected representatives and policymakers and take back fresh thinking into their own work.

The next phase concentrates on Family, which some say is in crisis – affected by poverty, unemployment, not to mention youth violence and knife crime and the Covid-19 pandemic which has intensified isolation and mental health issues. So LET’S TALK!

Get in touch by emailing: chris@communitytvtrust.org

Community TV Trust [CTVT] offers media training & filmmaking in schools, PRUs and workshops for the disabled and marginalised. It engages people and young people in open-ended creative work, linking Community to Education.

About ‘Lets Talk Knife Crime’

LET’S TALK is listening to young people. Families too. Don’t be afraid – speak out. Anonymity is offered. In the first instance, contact chris@communitytvtrust.org

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Parents may be stressed or broke.

Neighbourliness can dispel isolation and tackle mental health.

Schools: Build bridges for young people into community.

If no youth club, you are their hub.

In 2020 LET’S TALK brought another powerful Panel to schools and clubs in Southwark: a Judge, schools officer, a mentoring campaigner, teachers, a youth worker, a top Civil Servant now retired, a Stop & Search consultant, a community/Police liaison specialist, a theatre youth officer, an academic, and a filmmaker. There were five powerful Forums before Covid-19 cancelled the planned sixth at Dulwich College.


LET’S TALK big issues

Stop & Search is everywhere. For some it is a regular occurrence. But do you know your rights?

Most view Stop & Search as a necessary evil. It causes resentment but how else do you take weapons off the street?

What if Stop & Search were seen as an opportunity for building stronger community relations with the Police? Must be crazy even to ask that, surely … but actually, if you know your rights, then you can be strong in the encounter. Especially if the police officer is inexperienced. The interaction at the least could be set on a level playing field. Why not?

Let us know how we can help you

Where can I get support from?

Trust – someone you trust. If not a parent, carer, teacher or friend, then

  • Anonymous helplines can provide good listening and fresh thoughts
  • Crimestoppers guarantee anonymity if that is relevant
  • Samaritans are always there for you if depression is winning
About ‘Lets Talk Knife Crime’

In 2021 LET’S TALK research is concentrating on consulting with families and young people online. Contact chris@communitytvtrust.org if you would like to contribute.


Report Document

‘LET’S TALK Knife Crime 2019’

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