Brixton has the highest rate of violence, notably youth violence, in London. Violence is fuelled by social deprivation and fractured communities. CHIPS aims to support the Brixton community to create better living conditions and stronger community cohesion, thereby reducing youth violence.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1174527)
Brixton has the highest rates of violence in London. Youth violence is rising and only 1 in 10 cases are solved. It is fuelled by the widespread deprivation; high poverty and unemployment, high school exclusion rates, poor housing, and minimal social provision due to local authority funding cuts. Young people feel powerless, trapped and frustrated, and resort to violence. This in turn stops people going out and mixing, which in turn builds greater divides and perpetuates the cycle of violence.
CHIPS aims to break the cycle of violence. We will ask people on the 3 most deprived estates what their key frustrations are, particularly young people involved in or at risk of violence. Then we will bring different factions together over the issues that are common to both, help them identify potential solutions and empower them to work together to implement them. As factional divides are thus broken down and the frustration of social issues are solved, youth violence will decrease.
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