Several hundred young people from the Victory Youth Group (VYG) will be marching from Catford to Peckham, on Saturday 10 June to draw attention to the knife crime epidemic besetting the capital. Under banners declaring “Life is worth living” the youths are aiming to boost awareness of this issue whilst coming together to create a positive impact.
The march starts at 3pm at 1 Bromley Road, Catford and is expected to take around one hour 10 minutes. The youths will walk towards Lewisham Shopping Centre, Lewisham DLR station and along Lewisham Way before following one straight road that will take them through New Cross Gate towards Queens Road. They will then pass Peckham police station on the way to Rye Lane.
Since the walkers will occupy the pavement, traffic will not be disrupted. Like the Met police, the two London boroughs affected, Lewisham and Southwark have stated that they are fine with the march as long as it is well arranged.
The march will end with brief presentations at the UCKG’s Peckham HelpCentre, where the youth facilities are re-opening. Speakers will include members of the VYG who were formerly involved in knife crime and Ade Titilawo, the VYG’s national leader.
Over the coming months it is intended to offer new courses at the youth centre, available to all young people who want to better themselves as a person. “These courses will also be one way of helping young people to get off the streets and into something interesting where they will acquire useful knowledge and skills,” said Ade Titilawo.
“We are still working on the details, but we do look to get it up and running as soon as possible.”
Notes to editors
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith through its branches in England and Wales.
VYG is the youth arm of the UCKG HelpCentre, and works to help young people develop their full potential. VYG started in the UK in 1996 and has been growing steadily ever since. Over 1,300 young people attend VYG meetings every week, sharing sessions that include practical teaching, fun and spiritual development.
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