Keeping Communities Safe
Many issues in society arise out of dissonance between groups of people; London Tigers believes that to create a harmonious society to live in, we need people from different backgrounds to engage, understand and support one another. We support this by organising a variety of events and projects that pull together and compound the community, creating meaningful interactions between people and fostering positive relationships. London Tigers works closely with the local community, housing associations and other bodies including the police to achieve this and by doing so, we prepare people with the skills and guidance to increase their resilience to anti-social and extremist influences, and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.
We are an approved Intervention Provider and recognised both nationally and internationally for our pioneering and effective work in constructing strong interlinks between communities and increasing engagement of youth in wider society.
Knife & Gang Crime
We work with young people and their families to prevent association with gang crime and knife crime.
When you carry a knife, you are risking everything. Prison, being a victim of crime and even ending up in hospital are all real risks. Beyond this, knife crime has devastating personal effects on you, your friends, and your family.
While some young people pick up a knife to feel safer, they don’t realise that carrying makes them more likely to get into serious danger. A knife can escalate things way out of your control, and make a bad situation much worse.
It might not always seem like it, but putting down the knife will make you safer and help you to reach your full potential. Don’t let prison or serious injury stop you achieving your goals.
London Tigers has been working with Paul Hannaford, an ex-gang member who used to walk streets ‘carrying a large knife and knuckle duster’ and now renowned motivational speaker and inspiration. We provide regular talks on knife crime, gang crime and violence and regularly invite guest speakers such as Paul to speak with our service users from our wider youth programmes across London on such issues.
Crime & Anti-Social Behaviour
London Tigers works in entrenched inner city communities across many London boroughs. Through 1-2-1 mentoring, group work and community projects we are able to offer targeted interventions, working with young people involved in Anti Social Behaviour or are on the cusp of criminal activity. We have dedicated and experienced Youth Workers who are able to relate to and understand the dynamics of inner city youth culture and how wider factors such as peer pressure and a sense of needing to ‘belong’ can lead to young people affiliate with gang culture.
Youth crime and antisocial behaviour are complex social issues but the risk factors are well established. These include social and economic disadvantage, low educational attainment, poor social and emotional skills, living in a deprived area, poor parenting and poor parental mental health.
Our multi faceted sports programmes enables us to work with young people to reduce their involvement with crime and antisocial behaviour in the following ways:
A ‘hook’ for other interventions; the range of sport and recreation activities we offer means that something will appeal to everyone and will sufficiently engage them to continue. By including life skills workshops alongside participation in sport and recreation programmes other risk factors can be addressed.
A diversion from undertaking in criminal behaviour. From our own assessment and work with young people, seven in ten teenagers believe antisocial behaviour occurs because young people are bored, and six in ten say that there isn’t enough for young people to do in their area.
Behaviour modification such as enhancing self-regulating abilities or developing problem-solving abilities. Where young people participate in recreational activities through our youth programme, adventurous activities such as climbing or gliding can also provide a positive avenue for expressing a desire to take risks (something which can drive antisocial behaviour and crime).
Social inclusion. Sport and recreation can break down barriers between groups of people in a local area who might not otherwise engage, as the rules that govern sport and recreation are not based on faith or belief systems. Our Youth Workers and Peer Mentors provide positive role models for at risk young people and reaffirm participants importance in society.