What We Do
Knife crime is at the highest level on record.
In the year ending March 2019, there were around 47,000 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales. This is the highest number of offences since the year ending March 2011.
The victims of knife crime are getting younger.
In 2018 just over a third of homicide victims in London were aged 16 to 24.
There were 5,149 finished consultant episodes (FCE) recorded in English hospitals in 2018/19 due to assault by a sharp object. This was an increase of nearly 2% compared to 2017/18 and 41% higher than in 2014/15.
The reasons are multiple and complex and include:
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
- Undiagnosed and untreated trauma
- Lack of focus on early years and early intervention
- Reduction in youth services
- A decrease in police numbers
- School exclusion rates
- Deficient parental support
- Social inequality
- Lack of employment opportunities
Research shows that we need to treat violence as a public health issue – as a disease – and not simply a criminal justice issue. Only a holistic approach with a cross fertilisation of specialists from a range of disciplines can tackle the root issues and protect the lives of our children and young people.
As a society, we all have a role to play.
Power the Fight aims to be the conduit between the community and policy makers (see our Community Empowerment Cycle diagram above). We create co-produced/co-designed longterm strategies for sustainable structural change. Most of our work is with families, churches, faith groups and community organisations who want to be equipped to engage with youth violence issues in their context. We do this in a number of ways:
1. Training and workshops
At Power the Fight we have access to the leading thinkers and practitioners from a range of disciplines working in the field youth violence.
We want to see organisations and communities better trained and equipped to make a difference to young people’s lives.
For more information go to Training and Events.
At Power The Fight we have developed resources to help churches, faith and community groups to better understand the youth violence issue. These include specialist PowerTalks, links to helpful websites and toolkits. For more information go to PowerTalks and Resources.
3. Building Connections
At Power The Fight we bring community and faith groups together with local authorities, services and other partners to promote mutuality, improve cohesion and effect change. For more information on how we can serve you go to Bespoke Programmes.
We invest the money we raise into equipping communities to build sustainable, community-owned projects that promote peace and end youth violence. To support our work please donate today.
At Power The Fight we are working towards supporting families impacted by youth violence. We aim to do this in partnership, providing access to therapeutic, financial and legal support.
Our Story, Aims & Values
Power the Fight was founded by Ben Lindsay out of a deep belief in the value of human life and the importance of community. It is a response to a growing need for all parts of society to take responsibility for one another.
Having spent more than 17 years working with and for local authorities, Ben has seen the impact of sustained austerity measures. Churches, faith groups and community groups, often with their own buildings and access to resources and volunteers, have a unique contribution to make.
In 2016 following the murder of teenager Myron Yarde, Ben started gathering people from within and outside the local church to reflect, pray and create a space for dialogue for anyone in the community concerned about youth violence. Policy makers, police, youth workers, pastors, clergy and parents joined together to listen and learn from each other. This collective response inspired the beginnings of Power the Fight.
Power The Fight exists to empower communities to end youth violence. For this to become a reality, communities will need to work together and learn from one another. Our key aims are to educate, equip, engage and enable communities to be the answer to the issue of youth violence the UK.
- Educate – Informed by research and led by leading specialists we deliver training through workshops, bespoke programmes and conferences.
- Equip – We provide an online media hub sharing resources, exploring the latest thinking and connecting people to best practice to reduce youth violence.
- Engage – We work with families and young people affected by youth violence to offer support, advice and signposting to receive the best and most relevant care.
- Enable – We support and fund innovation by people engaging with youth violence in their local context
Together we can power the fight to end youth violence.
- Excellence – Offering the best training and resources for the battle against youth violence.
- Sustainable – Equipping individuals and organisations to work effectively with young people and their families to see lives transformed over time
- Holistic – Recognising the complex and varied factors contributing to youth violence
- Collaborative – Partnering with organisations that demonstrate models of best practice in the field of youth violence, government, faith groups, charitable, statutory and informal.
- Empowering – Working with those impacted by youth violence, being responsive to their wishes and enabling them to be part of the solution.
Named as one of The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 London’s most influential people for 2018, Ben has more than 17 years experience of working with high risk young people in the field of gangs and serious youth violence. Ben began his career developing programmes in some of the most challenging estates in London (Brixton, Clapham and Lewisham). In 2003 he became a learning mentor at a primary school in the borough of Lewisham, South East London before joining the Lewisham Youth Offending Service, where he worked in a number of roles, including leading the early intervention team. While at Lewisham, Ben developed several successful programmes including the ground-breaking knife crime prevention programme Double Edge for offenders of knife crime, which was featured in the ‘Gang and Group Offenders – A Practitioner’s Handbook of Ideas & Interventions’ published by the London Criminal Justice Board. In 2010 Ben developed the gangs and serious youth violence strategy for Camden Council and then went on to work for the mental health charity MAC-UK leading their mini mac project. Since 2016, Ben has been the lead pastor at Emmanuel New Cross in South East London. Ben was Chair of the Greenwich Independent Advisory Group until 2016. His first book We Need To Talk About Race – Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches is released in July 2019 through SPCK Publishing.
Administration & Projects Manager
Lisa has 14 years experience working within the non-profit sector, predominantly focused on international community development. Lisa spent eight of these in years in Zimbabwe working with a locally registered charity, where she helped to develop initiatives around early childhood development, vocational training, micro-finance groups and transitional care for vulnerable children.
Dr Zeyana Ramadhan, BSC (HONS), MSC, DPSYCH (CLIN), CPSYCHOL
Senior Clinical Behavioural Psychologist & PTSD Trauma Counsellor
Zeyana is an experienced clinical psychologist who specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness and wellbeing. She has particular expertise of specialist intervention in relation to stress-related difficulties (both at home and in the workplace), treating depression and anxiety disorders, bereavement, relationship and family problems, and drug and alcohol misuse.
Selina Stone is a lecturer and tutor for undergraduates students, postgraduate students and Church of England ordinands at St Mellitus College. Selina teaches a Political Theology module for third year undergraduates studying for a BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission. Selina also teaches a module entitled Theology of Power for students studying for a Masters Degree in Christian Leadership. Her previous roles include being the Director of the William Seymour programme & coordinator of the Buxton Leadership Programme and a youth development officer at the Ascension Trust where she conducted research and organised events to inform a strategy to tackle youth violence and gang activity in urban communities.
Hannah Bourazza has over 30 years youth work experience, previously working as a Drug & Alcohol Counsellor for Lewisham DAAT. She has managed the London mentoring project in Lewisham for the past 4 years and is now responsible for all of XLP’s mentoring projects and is Chief Safeguarding Officer for the charity. Her passion is to empower disadvantaged young people to recognise their potential, to give them opportunities to broaden their life experiences. To support them to embrace the positive things that life has to offer them.
Steve is Head of Accountancy and Consultancy Services at Stewardship. He writes and provides advice on charity finance and governance. He is a trustee for a number of charities and has been involved in various church leadership roles over 25 years.
Tristan Newman is the Executive Pastor of Kings Church London, a diverse multisite church in South East London with over 2000 members. Sitting on the Senior Leadership Team he is responsible for the operational and financial arm of the church, leading both of these teams.
Prior to joining Kings in 2013 Tristan had a successful career in the UK retail sector, working within Moss Bros Group Plc’s Head Office for 15 years. Tristan was Senior Operational Team as the Head of Customer Services and Retail Operations Manager, overseeing the running and delivery of service quality to over 140 stores nationwide. During this time he gained a wide range of cross-departmental experience, from Audit to Business Development through to heading up their National Hire Distribution Service.
Phill Gray is the COO for Care for Children a global charity that partners with governments mainly in Asia to help create a positive alternative to institutional care through local family based care for disadvantaged children.
Phill has over 30 years of operations experience in both the commercial and non-profit sectors which include organisations such as HSBC through to heading up Newday, a Christian youth festival gathering over 7,000 young people aged between 12-19 from across the UK and Europe. Phill has a heart to see young people encouraged, equipped, empowered and protected in order to fulfil God’s plan for their lives
The advisory group exists to ensure Power The Fight have the highest quality of experience and expertise informing our work. The role is non-remunerated. Members of this group serve in an advisory capacity and have no decision-making responsibilities.
The role of the Power The Fight advisory group, as set out in the terms of reference, is to:
- Support Power The Fight in its mission to equip churches, schools, community and faith groups to better understand and respond to the issues around youth violence in the UK.
- Act as an advocate for Power The Fight’s work
- Advise on the development of Power The Fight’s strategy
- Ensure that the leadership team of Power The Fight are kept informed of major developments in their respective sectors
- Serve as a channel of professional advice within the areas of expertise represented on the group
- Offer insights and identify new opportunities and trends
- Create links between Power The Fight and the communities within the sector for whom our work has particular relevance
Our members are:
- Les Isaac OBE – CEO Ascension Trust, Honorary Ecumenical Canon, Southwark Cathedral, Co-Founder of Street Pastors
- Vicky Foxcroft – MP for Lewisham and Chair of the Youth Violence Commission
- Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney – The Children’s and Young Persons Commissioner, Newham
- Andrez Harriott – CEO & Founder, The Liminality Group
- Billie Lindsay – Head of External Relations, Arts, British Council
- Helen Millichap – Borough Commander for Enfield and Haringey – North Area BCU
- Winston Goode – Youth Work, Project Management & Consultancy, Founder @Juvenis, Partner @rk_lambeth @ProjectYana17, Trustee @BrixSoupKitchen and Ambassador @applespearsuk
- Chantelle Grey – Myron Yarde’s sister
- Jen Ellis – Former Key Supporter Relationship Manager, London for CAP – Christians Against Poverty
- Dr Zeyana Ramadhan – Clinical Psychologist & Wellbeing Consultant
- Dr Dawn Cutler – Clinical Psychologist
- Tania Wilmer – Director, Stratford Circus Arts Centre
- Laura Price – Young Women’s Associate, Abianda
- Claire Crowley – Ecumenical Officer, Churches Together in South London
- Guvna B – Musician, MOBO award winning artist and Author
- Olivia Knight – Founder, Patchwork
- Elaine Williams – PhD Candidate. Sociology, Cultural Studies & Radical Criminology. Youth Worker. Lecturer @ Greenwich University
- Mark Miller – Circuit Programme National Lead and Convenor: Young People’s Programmes – Tate Britain/Tate Modern
- Claude Murray – XL Mentoring Project Manager Lewisham, XLP
- Simone Clarke – Learning Mentor, Addey & Stanhope Secondary School
- Carol Pierre – Intern, Schools Team and Young People Programming, Tate Britain/Tate Modern
- Junior Kngindu – Young person
- Josh Adeyemi – Young Person
- Mercia Perin – Young Person
- Sean Macnamara – Deputy Head Teacher
- Pete Wood – Deputy Head Teacher
- Tom Pearce – Marketing Consultant
- Alwin Kamara -Senior Consultant & Programme Manager
- Michael Barry – Equity Audit Director
- Gareth White – Director of Creative & Social Strategy, Canoe
- Kelliesha White – Senior Account Executive
- Alison Harbottle – Mathematics Trust Lead for Aldridge Education Trust and Former Deputy Headteacher
- Macey McMullen – Violent Crime Reduction Officer