Gun & Knife Crime Awareness Workshop

Our engaging Gun and Knife Crime Workshops help and support parents, teachers, youth workers, police and others to deglamourise this criminal world. We highlight the reasons people carry knives and firearms and the implications of doing so and explore ways of avoiding conflict and making better choices.~

Shocking stories and statistics, concerning the death and injury of young people as a result of knife and gun crime, highlight the need for early effective intervention. Our thought-provoking and interactive gun and knife crime workshops aim to tackle this problem at its root, educating those most at risk and helping them to protect themselves from being caught up in crime – either as victim or perpetrator.

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 Gang Prevention/Awareness Was Very Good

I saw the talk in Gang Prevention/Awareness was very good. The speaker was excellent and the boys were fully engaged and I was amazed at the quality of their responses and their emotional intelligence. Overall it was a really successful day from my perspective and across the board the quality of the sessions I saw was good.

R, Thomson, Head of Lower School, Warwick School

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-11-22T19:02:12+00:00

R, Thomson, Head of Lower School, Warwick School

I saw the talk in Gang Prevention/Awareness was very good. The speaker was excellent and the boys were fully engaged and I was amazed at the quality of their responses and their emotional intelligence. Overall it was a really successful day from my perspective and across the board the quality of the sessions I saw was good.

The Gang Workshop Was Highly Informative and Engaging

The Gang prevention sessions delivered by 2020 Dreams were really well received. I had lots of really positive feedback from both pupils and supervising staff who felt the sessions had been both highly informative and engaging. The workshop leader was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and was able to relate well to pupils and respond to their questions.

D, Godwin, Assistant Headteacher, The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Kensington, London

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-11-23T20:18:36+00:00

D, Godwin, Assistant Headteacher, The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Kensington, London

The Gang prevention sessions delivered by 2020 Dreams were really well received. I had lots of really positive feedback from both pupils and supervising staff who felt the sessions had been both highly informative and engaging. The workshop leader was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and was able to relate well to pupils and respond to their questions.

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!

Thanks for the Gang and Knife Crime Workshops

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 Gang Prevention Workshop Was Excellent

Thanks for providing us with such a high quality workshop facilitator at short notice. The Gang Prevention workshop was excellent and well received by all of our students. His stories had our students hanging on his every word.  I am sure our students will remember his workshop for a long time in the future and hopefully it will make them think, if they ever find themselves in some of the situations he described in his talk.

N, Bailey. Assistant Head, Selston High School, Nottingham

Relationships & Sex Education [RSE] Workshops
5.0
2019-11-23T20:34:03+00:00

N, Bailey. Assistant Head, Selston High School, Nottingham

Thanks for providing us with such a high quality workshop facilitator at short notice. The Gang Prevention workshop was excellent and well received by all of our students. His stories had our students hanging on his every word.  I am sure our students will remember his workshop for a long time in the future and hopefully it will make them think, if they ever find themselves in some of the situations he described in his talk.

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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While gun and knife crime can affect anyone at any time, it is a fact that young people are most at risk, particularly if they come from disadvantaged backgrounds. In a world where carrying an offensive weapon is treated as acceptable – even desirable – the chances of young lives being ruined by injury, death or a prison sentence increase significantly.

Fully risk-assessed, our gun and knife crime workshops provide the ideal environment for the safe exploration of delicate and controversial issues, supporting educational work on citizenship. We can customise workshops to suit your schedule, focusing on particular topics if required. We can also provide a consultancy service for those who want to develop their own gun and knife crime programmes.

Key Statistics*

“Far too many people still think they can go out armed with a knife. We need to send the clearest possible message that this simply has to change” – Prime Minister Theresa May

  • From September 2017 to September 2018, there were 32 500 crimes involving knives
  • A British Crime Survey carried out in a similar period reported that a knife was used in 6 per cent of violent attacks
  • Juveniles (ten to seventeen years) made up 18 per cent of cases
  • NHS statistics reported that there were 4,647 admissions to English hospitals following an assault by a sharp object

*From Ministry of Commons Library: knife crime statistics

How our Gun & Knife Crime Workshops Can Make a Difference

Our gun an knife crime workshops use the vehicle of drama and role-play to tackle a serious nationwide problem. We carefully tailor our 2020 Dreams gun and knife workshops to the group of young people we will be engaging with.

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We can deliver either a general workshop focused on raising awareness of the issue in the minds of young people in schools and youth centres, or a hard-hitting version suitable for Pupil Referral Units.

Please contact us on 0800 471 4983 for more information on our gun and knife crime workshops.

Our Gun & Knife Crime Workshop Can Explore Any Of The Following Issues:

  • Why people carry knives and guns
  • Gang Culture & Dangers
  • What the law says about knife and gun crime
  • Forensics in the investigation of serious crime
  • The effects of knife and gun crime
  • Domestic violence
  • Racial discrimination
  • Media portrayal of the perpetrators and victims of knife and gun crime
  • The reality behind the media
  • Conflict resolution
  • Self-control, respect and self-respect
  • Staying out of trouble
  • Tools for becoming a more responsible citizen
  • Saying ‘NO’ to carrying gun & knives

Our Strategy for Success

We carefully structure our gun and knife crime workshops for maximum impact. Each session is run by one of our professional expert facilitators who will be experienced in presenting sensitive issues using role-play scenarios.

These enjoyable, interactive activities are designed to achieve engagement with the participants and lead on to a group discussion about the issues raised. We focus attention on identifying solutions that can be used effectively in the real world and cover topics such as resisting peer pressure and negotiating compromising situations.

Ultimately, we believe that education about gun and knife crime is an important part of any child support programme, and is one of the key ingredients in moving towards a situation of zero tolerance towards the carrying of offensive weapons.

Getting Real with Guns & Knives Publication

Getting Real with Guns and Knives: Weapon Crime Reduction – A Resource Guide for Teachers, Parents, Young People and the Wider Community’ is a 2020 Rising publication focused on raising awareness about the history, causes, legal implications and potential solutions to knife and gun crime.

Most people understand that carrying a knife represents a serious threat to life and liberty. Yet too many young people still make the decision to carry one.

Youths and adults alike are sometimes exposed to myths about knives and guns so it is important that everyone keeps themselves fully informed. For example, did you know that:

  • It is illegal to sell a knife of any kind to anyone under the age of 18 (except in Scotland where cutlery and kitchen knives are allowed)
  • It is illegal to buy, sell or carry a firearm without a licence
  • It is illegal to buy or sell an imitation firearm to anyone under the age of 18
  • It is illegal to carry a knife in public without good reason unless the blade is 3 inches or shorter and it is not a banned type (e.g. a Swiss army knife is allowed)
  • Examples of banned knives include zombie knives, disguised knives, stealth knives and swords. It is illegal for anyone to buy, sell or carry these
  • Self-protection is never deemed a good reason to carry a knife
  • It is illegal to use any knife – even a legal one – in a threatening manner

Getting Real with Guns and Knives,’ will equip readers with up to date information, research findings and the details of various weapon crime strategies.

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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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:

  • The impact of weapon crime on physical and mental health
  • Peer influence and weapon use
  • The effects of social media and video games
  • The role of the police and government in tackling knives and guns
  • Borough wars and the postcode trap
  • Risk perception and reassuring communities
  • The reasons why youths carry knives
  • Predicting youth violence
  • Measuring outcomes of anti-weapon strategies
  • Knife and gun law through time
  • Trap and drill music: a cause or a symptom?
  • The link between drug trafficking and weapons use
  • County lines operations
  • History of knife crime in the United Kingdom
  • Better together: why we need multi-agency strategies
  • The need for school and family initiatives
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Violent behaviour and youth culture

This in-depth resource is a valuable addition to any anti-weapon program you may be running in your school, youth institution or community group.

Please read through our testimonials to discover how our gun and knife crime workshops have provided valuable and effective support for various crime-fighting bodies. If you would like to discuss booking a workshop to fit your organisation, or would like more information on our workshops or the 2020 Dreams project, then please contact us on 0800 471 4983.

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