Gang Prevention & Awareness Workshop

A 2020 Dreams Gang Workshop which includes Prevention & Awareness is designed to help teachers and youth workers to deter vulnerable children from joining gangs by providing children and teenagers with the skills to say ‘no,’ to gangs and, where necessary, to leave a gang they may already be part of.

As they progress towards and through adolescence all children are searching to find a meaningful identity for themselves apart from their family circle. Sadly, whether through peer influence, media glamorisation, mental health problems or as a result of a troubled family or school life, some of them become seduced by and attracted into the destructive gang lifestyle.

Copyright Image Credit – The Sun Newspaper

Copyright Image Credit – The Sun Newspaper

Gangs, Peer Pressure and Criminal Activity

Gangs may sometimes seem to be harmless ‘child’s play’ but the dangerous dynamics at play – even in the most innocent-seeming gangs – often lead vulnerable young people into carrying out behaviours they would never contemplate alone. Peer pressure can be a powerful source of influence on children wanting to fit in and mistakes can be difficult or impossible to rectify.

Powerful Gang Workshop That Engaged Our Young People

2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery.

K. Thomas, London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-09-10T20:39:28+00:00

K. Thomas, London South East Colleges, Bexley Campus

2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery.

The facilitator was extremely professional and informed

Dear 2020 Dreams, We wanted a general awareness for our pupils on the issues of crime, knifes and gangs and how to avoid it influences through drama based workshops. The facilitator was extremely professional, helpful and informed on the motivating influences for crime within the young people.

Dr T Johnson, Head of Pupil Referral. London Academy, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T09:55:41+00:00

Dr T Johnson, Head of Pupil Referral. London Academy, London

Dear 2020 Dreams, We wanted a general awareness for our pupils on the issues of crime, knifes and gangs and how to avoid it influences through drama based workshops. The facilitator was extremely professional, helpful and informed on the motivating influences for crime within the young people.

The Gang Prevention & SRE Was Beyond Amazing!

First & foremost I would like to say a big thank you for sorting us out. The workshop was beyond amazing yesterday, all the young people were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session. They all felt like they have got something out of it which is the aim and the message we are trying to get across.

M, Dabo. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Foundation

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-17T07:52:39+00:00

M, Dabo. Tranmere Rovers Football Club Foundation

First & foremost I would like to say a big thank you for sorting us out. The workshop was beyond amazing yesterday, all the young people were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session. They all felt like they have got something out of it which is the aim and the message we are trying to get across.

Gang Workshop Was Appropriately Shocking and Informative

The Gang culture workshop was appropriately shocking and informative and therefore hugely beneficial for the students. The charisma, emotion and personal touch of the facilitator running the workshops contributed immeasurably to the impact the workshops had. Above all, his humour and charisma left the students with a huge amount of personal growth.

A, Russell. Whitefriars School, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-20T19:16:35+00:00

A, Russell. Whitefriars School, London

The Gang culture workshop was appropriately shocking and informative and therefore hugely beneficial for the students. The charisma, emotion and personal touch of the facilitator running the workshops contributed immeasurably to the impact the workshops had. Above all, his humour and charisma left the students with a huge amount of personal growth.

Knife Crime Sessions Was Absolutely Brilliant!

The  4 x 1 hour Knife Crime sessions were absolutely brilliant. Our students (and staff!) were thoroughly engaged and all thought that this was something we needed to discuss, especially with the holidays on the horizon. The speaker that you sent us couldn’t have done a better job on the day.

K, Roberts. Alec Reed Academy, Harrow, London.

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-21T18:11:36+00:00

K, Roberts. Alec Reed Academy, Harrow, London.

The  4 x 1 hour Knife Crime sessions were absolutely brilliant. Our students (and staff!) were thoroughly engaged and all thought that this was something we needed to discuss, especially with the holidays on the horizon. The speaker that you sent us couldn’t have done a better job on the day.

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention and Drugs Awareness workshops that you delivered. The pupils were really engaged and enjoyed the sessions. It would be great to work with you all again, and will speak to the team about some plans going forward.

J. Barima, Leader of P.S.H.E & Careers, Harris Academy Tottenham

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T09:49:10+00:00

J. Barima, Leader of P.S.H.E & Careers, Harris Academy Tottenham

Thank you all for the Gun & Knife Crime, Gang Prevention and Drugs Awareness workshops that you delivered. The pupils were really engaged and enjoyed the sessions. It would be great to work with you all again, and will speak to the team about some plans going forward.

The Drugs Awareness Workshops Were Brilliant!

The Drugs Awareness workshops were brilliant, and so well received by the pupils and staff so thank you! We look forward in working with 2020 Dreams again in the future.

M. Joiner. Head of WIT, Cokethorpe School, Oxon

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-18T14:42:48+00:00

M. Joiner. Head of WIT, Cokethorpe School, Oxon

The Drugs Awareness workshops were brilliant, and so well received by the pupils and staff so thank you! We look forward in working with 2020 Dreams again in the future.

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop. The workshop was really good! The facilitator was excellent and very engaging. He managed to cover most of the subjects I required and the girls really enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure my girls learned something new and will use the information in a positive way.

T. Edmund. Epic CIC, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T10:00:02+00:00

T. Edmund. Epic CIC, London

Thank you for the Gang Prevention Workshop. The workshop was really good! The facilitator was excellent and very engaging. He managed to cover most of the subjects I required and the girls really enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure my girls learned something new and will use the information in a positive way.

Absolutely fantastic! Knife & Gang Prevention Training

I just wanted to thank you for the Knife and Gang Crime training. It was absolutely fantastic! So much so my team didn’t want him to leave! Thank you for allowing us this opportunity! We shall be contacting you in the future for further training!

S. Gardner, Action for Children, Northampton

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-17T07:39:32+00:00

S. Gardner, Action for Children, Northampton

I just wanted to thank you for the Knife and Gang Crime training. It was absolutely fantastic! So much so my team didn’t want him to leave! Thank you for allowing us this opportunity! We shall be contacting you in the future for further training!

Please can you express my thanks

Please can you express my thanks for the Gang Prevention and Knife crime sessions put on at South Devon College, the learners all took away something from it and gave them some food for thought. Thank you so much, Steve was a great presenter and they all thought he was great.

N. Boone, Head of Tutorial, South Devon College

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-06-26T09:44:08+00:00

N. Boone, Head of Tutorial, South Devon College

Please can you express my thanks for the Gang Prevention and Knife crime sessions put on at South Devon College, the learners all took away something from it and gave them some food for thought. Thank you so much, Steve was a great presenter and they all thought he was great.

The Sessions Went Well!

Thank you for providing the Confidence Building, Drugs Awareness and Gender Equality Workshops. All the workshops went well.

The children enjoyed their sessions and we look forward in working with you again.

L, Sherman. Head of PSHE, Aldenham School, Borehamwood, London.

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-08-20T15:21:58+00:00

L, Sherman. Head of PSHE, Aldenham School, Borehamwood, London.

Thank you for providing the Confidence Building, Drugs Awareness and Gender Equality Workshops. All the workshops went well. The children enjoyed their sessions and we look forward in working with you again.

The Gang Workshop Was Brilliant!!

Thank you for the workshops.

The kids found the message Gang Prevemtion and Drugs Awareness workshops powerful. We would welcome more sessions like this in the future. 

S, Downley. Saint John Wall Catholic School, Birmingham

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-09-26T21:05:22+00:00

S, Downley. Saint John Wall Catholic School, Birmingham

Thank you for the workshops. The kids found the message Gang Prevemtion and Drugs Awareness workshops powerful. We would welcome more sessions like this in the future. 
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Other gangs may be deeply connected to a dangerous underworld, quickly linking young people into a web of crime involving brutal initiations, sexual exploitation, drugs and gun and knife crime. A 2020 Dreams Gang Workshop will directly tackle the myths and media glamorisation which can downplay the tragic and irreversible consequences that often result from gang affiliation.

It is important to reach young people as early as possible in the grooming process or, ideally, before they come into contact with gang recruiters. This is why gang workshops are suitable for both primary and secondary schools with the content tailored to the appropriate age level.

Child-Centred Solutions to Gang Pressure

A 2020 Dreams Gang Workshop uses the twin approach of gritty role playing exercises and in-depth discussion forums to fully engage with students and get them to really think about what it means to be part of a modern gang and work out how they can prevent themselves being seduced by the gang lifestyle.

Getting to Grips With Gangs Publication

Getting to Grips with Gangs – A Resource Guide for Teachers, Parents, Young People and the Wider Community’ is a 2020 Rising publication focused on raising awareness about the gang culture in the UK. It looks at the risk factors that lead young people to become involved with gangs; the fashion, structure and behaviour of gangs and the various state and community initiatives that are attempting to tackle the problem.

With children as young as 13 being stabbed, dozens of young men and women losing their lives, violent turf wars springing up over social media insults and county lines drug trafficking spreading out into rural areas, the gang culture in the UK is of deep concern to anyone who cares about the future of our children and the health of our communities.

Publications

To support our work in raising awareness we have produced a number of books.

Topics include Knife Crime, Gang Prevention, Mental Health & more.

Our publications are suitable for both parents & teachers.

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Before we can tackle the gang problem effectively, we need to understand as much as we can about it. Where do gangs recruit their members? Why do some young people join gangs and others don’t? What do gangs do and how are they structured? What interventions have been shown to reduce gang activity?

The more we understand, the more effective we can be when designing programmes, forming community groups and talking to young people themselves.

Getting to Grips with Gangs,’ will equip readers with up to date information, research findings and the details of various anti-gang strategies.

All 2020 Rising publications are also designed to be hands-on and practical. Teachers and parents will find plenty of activities, discussion points and real life case studies (both uplifting and harrowing) to help them to engage with their students and children.

Topics include:

  • UK gang fashion
  • Working together to tackle gangs
  • The impact of poor mental health
  • Social interventions
  • Initiation and grooming by elders and peers
  • Drug trafficking and county lines operations
  • Defining a gang
  • The 3 R’s of gang life: reputation, respect and retaliation
  • The influence of social media, music and gaming
  • Joint Enterprise convictions
  • Getting out of gangs (for parents and young gang members)
  • Community mobilisation
  • Suppression tactics: do they work?
  • The postcode trap
  • Sexual exploitation in UK Gangs

Unlike similar gang workshop programs, we do much more than just lecture students and show videos about the dangers of being part of a gang. We bring the gang dynamics to life through participatory role plays, enabling the young people to safely experience some of the pressures they may later come up against in the playground or on the street and to devise their own effective responses.

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Some of the skills that children in our workshops develop include the ability to recognise when they are being targeted by a gang recruiter, how to maintain their self-respect while resisting peer pressure and how to support other people who might be under pressure from gangs. For those who are already affiliated to a gang, this workshop will help them to identify and access sources of support for safely leaving.

2020 Dreams also use discussion forums which are led by the young people themselves, our skilled facilitators guiding the debate but not leading it. This ensures that young people can bring their own experiences to the table and work collaboratively towards finding solutions.

Why Book a 2020 Dreams Gang Workshop?

Gang membership is a sensitive topic, particularly in some areas of the country, but our highly trained Gang Workshop facilitators will ensure that the sessions are age appropriate, pitched at the right academic level and customised to meet any specific school requirements. We can also provide a Gang Workshop suitable for a Young Offender Institution, Youth Centre or similar social care setting.

2020 Dreams workshops can be delivered anywhere in the UK, are fully risk-assessed and are run by experienced and DBS-cleared workshop leaders.

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