PCC backs local businesses which focus on reducing violent crime
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is to speak to a
group of businesses in Birmingham who are working to reduce violent
David Jamieson attended the meeting at the Priory Rooms in the
city centre where the organisations are gathering to discuss ways
that they can work together in the future.
Many of them have been victims of violent crime themselves and
have chosen to use their experiences to help others in the West
They all share a common goal which is to put something back into
society and keep us all safe by working with the police and other
agencies whilst also aiming to turn a profit.
One of the firms attending - All for One Partnership - helps
young people gain the skills needed to study, volunteer or get a
The event is being organised by the School of Social Enterprise
(SSE) which works to help all 17 organisations become less reliant
on grants and instead becoming sustainable in their own right.
The School for Social Entrepreneurs has been operating in the
West Midlands since 2013 and has supported the start-up and
development of 198 social business. They in turn have created
around 400 jobs, provided 2.2 million volunteer hours and helped
almost 60,000 disadvantaged individuals.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "Reducing the
number of young people involved in violent crime is a priority for
me, however, this is not an issue that we can arrest our way out
"All members of the community have a role to play in tackling
this issue. I am pleased to see that the School of Social
Enterprise are supporting entrepreneurs who are coming forward with
innovative social action business ideas that reduce youth
Charles Rapson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs said:
"School of Social Enterprise supports individuals and organisations
to create a business model that will bring about positive social or
"Many of those who we have supported have personal and/or
professional experience and are involved in addressing the causes
of youth and knife crime.
"Social Entrepreneurs explore creative and effective ways of
tackling this growing problem."
Georgina James, All for One Partnership, current participant on
the SSE Midlands Start-Up 2018/19 programme. said: "Having
lost family members to knife crime, I am determined to do something
that tackles the causes of this senseless crime".
"All for One Partnership has facilitated a number of community
discussions on this topic and we have developed potential solutions
to eradicate it.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to talk to and
potentially work in partnership with the West Midlands Police and
Crime Commissioner and to find solutions that work".