Milton Keynes

MyMiltonKeynes joins Breakout Programme members at the Knife Angel

MyMiltonKeynes joins Breakout Programme members at the Knife Angel

Marking a month of action against violence, MyMiltonKeynes has met with some of the young people involved in Action4Youth’s Breakout Programme at the newly installed Knife Angel sculpture.

Earlier this year, MyMiltonKeynes pledged to fund Action4Youth programmes as part of its commitment to supporting young people across the city. The Breakout Programme offers a unique intervention experience for those particularly vulnerable or at risk of involvement in gangs, by educating them on the dangers this can bring.

The city is currently embarking upon a month long initiative to tackle violence in all its forms which was launched with the arrival of the 27ft monument, also known as the Knife Angel, last week. Made from approximately 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife amnesty bins during police operations across the country, the Knife Angel will remain at Stadium MK until early January.

As part of the month of action against violence, young people on the Breakout Programme visited the Knife Angel yesterday (Tuesday 6th December) along with key sponsors and ambassador of the programme, Sir Francis Habgood, the former Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

Designed to bring positive change to young people aged between 12-16 who are at risk of being lead down a dangerous path, Action4Youth’s Breakout Programme has been cited as a positive step to ensuring the young people of Milton Keynes have the skills and confidence to question previously held attitudes and behaviour.

MyMiltonKeynes has funded the Breakout Programmes as part of its active Safe City strategy. Melanie J Beck MBE, Chief Executive at MyMiltonKeynes said: “We were delighted to meet some of the young people who are benefiting from the Breakout Programme. While providing a safe place to work and live, it is vital that we create provisions to ensure that our young people have the motivation and belief in themselves which will help them become productive and happy members of our society.”

Jenifer Cameron, CEO of Action4Youth said: “Sponsors like MyMiltonKeynes are invaluable to our essential work with young people. Together we are delighted to enable a successful series of programmes that inspire, challenge, and support young people in the City to achieve their potential. Breakout is one of our initiatives that is a particularly valuable programme in crime prevention.”

The month of action against violence in Milton Keynes is a partnership between Thames Valley Police, the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner, Milton Keynes City Council, MK Dons Sports and Educational Trust and The Safety Centre Charity Hazard Alley

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