Lives Not Knives

Out of School support

Out of School Support for young people whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic. This involves an out of school programme of sport, music and fun activities and providing lunch for approx 60 young people from disadvantaged back grounds, who are at risk of getting involved in criminal activity

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 23 June 2020 to 6:00 PM, 3 July 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1153634)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Croydon has the largest under 18 population of any London borough, ranks as one of London's most deprived districts for education and training, and has the worst record for knife crime in schools out of any London borough, with over 30 more cases than any other borough between 2015-2018. Further Croydon has been identified as the Epicentre for London of the pandemic, we are conscious that vulnerable young people will need further support at this time. Most especially out of school hours.


Given that most of the young people referred to LNK are born into socioeconomic disadvantage and have already suffered significant trauma in their lives, LNK believes that by mentoring these young people, taking the time to understand their situation, and offering them a safe environment, we can help them to overcome obstacles and succeed in their lives. LNK are able to offer out of school activities and working with partners in the community to support young people affected by the pandemic.

  • “This is sick” “When are we doing it again” “Loved football” “Can we help organise your charity football match”

    — Attendees from last years summer programmes said

  • “My son joined you today and went to Oxygen with his friend who introduced him to the LNK unit. They had a great day and also spent some time together in a safe place and will be back tomorrow and other days. I must say all your staff were very helpful and pleasant to us especially Paul"

    — Five parents visited the LNK unit to thank the team for offering a safe place for their child