KnivesOut: Crafting a Safer Birmingham
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A multi-disciplinary project seeking new and innovative routes to tackling the issue of knife-crime in local environments, using a unique programme of social intervention, are looking for funding and support.
A partnership between established community activists, brought together as “Knives Out” by Swords Into Ploughshares CIC working with experienced staff from Round Midnight Theatre, Street Doctors, TAS Mentoring and Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery. At the core of the project is an innovative approach which uses participant-led craftivist practices to challenge thinking around ‘road life’, gang membership and, specifically, knife-crime. Working with schools in the Jewellery Quarter and Soho ward, the programme – based on a successful pilot held at Broadway Academy and refined through focus groups with young people from Birmingham and Wolverhampton – brings together drama, virtual-reality, craft-making, intensive mentoring, first-aid training and horizon-widening in a unique programme which encourages young people to think differently about their options.