Open Boundaries - Tackling knife crime workshop
The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie is
supporting the roll out of knife crime workshops across the Dudley
The 'Tackling Knife Crime Together' campaign aims to combat the
growing issue of knife crime, by using sports as a positive
The sessions target young people aged 8-11 years old and are held
in primary schools in Dudley. The workshops aims to open dialogue
within the community and raise awareness of knife crime in
The project is ran by Opening Boundaries, a non-profit sporting
organisation. The organisation uses various sports as a platform
which can engage with people of all races, genders and
The workshops are delivered in partnership with Office of the West
Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and the Home Office. The
project is funded through the Home Office as part of their
The sessions include a presentation on staying safe, with a
practical sports session to end. The practical workshop teaches
young people life skills such as teamwork, respect and
The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie, said:
"We can't solve the problem by police enforcement alone. We need to
get the message across that our young people are too valuable to
risk their lives by carrying a knife.
"They are our future musicians, artists, sportsmen and women,
entrepreneurs and role models. We need them".
Opening Boundaries Project Manager, Farah Ahmed added: "I am keen
to demonstrate what we as a community can achieve when we come
together. The power of sport helps to drive social change and
allows us to live in a safer and more inclusive society.
"We hope the workshops will bring the community together to say
'no' to any form of violence. We want to use sport as a positive
diversionary which can engage with people of all races, genders and
"Our mission at Opening Boundaries is to lead the way and show how
we are Tackling Knife Crime, together."
Head teacher of Greenfields School, Mr Bravo explained: "At
Greenfield, we do our best to prepare all our children to
become responsible, proactive citizens, who know the difference
between right and wrong and are able to keep themselves
"We are keen to support Farah and help her to highlight and tackle
the growing problem of knife crime in partnership with the charity
Opening Boundaries and West Midlands Police.
"It's important that our broader school community unites together
to say 'no' to any form of violence, alerting our older pupils to
the possibility of risk without scaring them unnecessarily."
The £12,000 of Home Office funding was granted in October 2018 to
deliver pilot workshops to 5 primary schools. Monitoring and
evaluation of the workshops will take place at the end of March