‘Share What’s Unfair’ for Young People in Croydon

The main foundation of Young People Insight is young people using their voice and making a difference.  This is also the aim of a new competition by the Young Opportunity and Fairness Commission (YOFC) in Croydon, who are encouraging the young people of Croydon to make a difference in their community.

The YOFC was set up by the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission in the hope of giving the young people of Croydon a voice to be heard.  Their final aim is to develop key proposals for the Commissioners to take into account – particularly what they feel could better their health and well-being, safety, opportunities in education and career prospects.

The YOFC have developed a competition for 11-24 year olds living or studying in Croydon called ‘Share What’s Unfair’.  Young people have until July 31st to tweet, Instagram or Facebook a picture of what they think is unfair for them in Croydon, using the hash tag, #CROunfair.Share What's Unfair Poster

Everyone entering this competition is helping the YOFC to gain insight into what young people think is unfair for them in Croydon.  This will further aid the development of proposals with the Commissioners of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission.

If using your voice to make a difference isn’t enough, the winner will receive an iPad mini!  Gift vouchers will also be given to those in second and third place, which means you will be in with a greater chance of winning something.

To be in with a chance of winning an iPad mini, tweet @OppCroydon, join the Opportunity Croydon facebook page and share your photo, or tag @oppcroydon in your photo on Instagram.  Don’t forget to use the hash tag, #CROunfair, though.  Any terms and conditions can be found on the Facebook and Instagram pages.

So start snapping your photos now and ‘Share What’s Unfair’!

What can we do to stop the terror of knife crime?

Although knife crime is a constant presence throughout the year, there are periods of time when the media reports on a series stabbings throughout the country.  The stabbings that many of us are oblivious to most of the time are now thrust in our face, making us aware of a problem that shows no signs of fading away.

Just this week, an 18-year-old was stabbed to death in a children’s playground in broad daylight by a group of youths, while a 50-year-old teacher was stabbed by a 14-year-old boy in a classroom.  Both of these incidents were witnessed by numerous individuals, showing just how bright and brazen young people with weapons have become.  Not only do they have no respect for life, but they also have a blatant disregard for the law or how their actions may affect others around them.

Despite recorded offences involving knives and sharp instruments falling 2% compared with the previous year, there were actually increases in most offense groups, particularly assault with injury and assault with intent to cause serious harm (up by 7%)*.  What also needs to be taken into consideration is that these statistics do not tell the full story, as there are countless acts of knife crime that go unreported.

An increase in knife crime has also been seen in London, with the Evening Standard reporting that statistics from the Metropolitan Police Service in March revealed that violent crime was “up 27 per cent on the same period last year”.

The Evening Standard also reported: “The figures, compiled by the London Assembly Labour group, showed that in May, knife crime with injury among under-25s was up 23 per cent on the same month last year. In eight boroughs, including Tower Hamlets and Hackney, they show a rise of more than 50 per cent in one year.”P1120510 2

Knife crime is a constant issue, affecting countless lives.  It has gotten worse in a sense, as what was once associated mainly with gangs has spread out to become a common occurrence among many young individuals.  Anyone could become a victim at any time for any reason, which makes it all the more terrifying.

Tottenham MP David Lammy told the Evening Standard: “I’ve sat with too many parents who have lost innocent children to knife and violent crime. Their sons have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s tragic when it happens. We say it must never happen again and yet time and time again it does.”

Whatever the government or police have been trying to do to combat knife crime does not seem to have worked, which means that we need to do something to prevent these pointless acts of violence from taking place.  Maybe it’s through spending more time with young people, helping them to improve their communication and deal effectively with their emotions, or perhaps making more available for them to keep them off the streets.

I want to hear from you about how we can make a change and a real difference to prevent knife crime.  It would also be great for you to share any of your personal experiences, as your story may be just what someone needs to read in order to make a change in their life.

If you would like to write share any thoughts on knife crime, email me at shaniquab29@yahoo.co.uk, or get in contact through the Facebook page (Young People Insight) or on Twitter (@YPInsight).

*Figures provided by Office for National Statistics


Impact and Tribute – What it is like to lose someone that was like an Angel on Earth

Naiya is a 20-year-old blogger who is dedicated to spreading awareness through writing.

She shares what it felt like to lose a close friend to knife crime, which encouraged her to start using her writing as an informative tool.

You can follow her on Twitter, @OpinionsOfNaiya


The life changing events that are described below are what encouraged me to start using my writing skills as an informative tool to spread awareness. 

The issues revealed in this post are extremely sensitive and are very deep-rooted for me and others, in this case, if you do not have anything positive to say then please refrain from leaving any comments or judgments – this post is unique and means a lot to me. Everything in this post is real – the victim’s name has been changed for publishing purposes.

It took a lot to be able to write this piece – this is where I began to change the negative into a positive. Thank you in advance. 

(In this section I will talk only about the outcome and my feelings, if you do not wish to read this part, please scroll down to “Tribute”).


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