Launched in 2019, Power the Fight is an award-winning charity which tackles violence affecting young people. We create long-term solutions for sustainable change and act as a link between the community and policy makers.
Power The Fight is an award-winning charity which aims to be the conduit between communities and policy makers (see our Community Empowerment Cycle diagram above). We create co-produced/co-designed long-term strategies for sustainable structural change.
Most of our work is with young people, families, schools, local authorities, faith groups and community organisations who want to be equipped to engage with issues related to violence affecting young people in their context.
We do this in 3 ways:
Advocate for System Change
We advocate for system change by engaging with policy makers such as the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) and Local and Central Government, as well as ensuring that communities and individuals within those feel safer, supported and are heard.
Power The Fight was founded by Ben Lindsay out of a deep belief in the value of human life and the importance of community. Our work 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. He recognised that 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 violence affecting young people. 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 violence affecting young people. 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 violence affecting young people in 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 violence affecting young people.
- Engage – We work with both families and young people that have been impacted by 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 issues related to violence affecting young people in their local context.
Together we can Power The Fight to end violence affecting young people.
- Excellence – Offering the best training and resources for the battle against violence affecting young people.
- 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 violence affecting young people
- Collaborative – Partnering with organisations which demonstrate models of best practice in the fields of violence affecting young people, government, faith groups, charitable, statutory and informal support.
- Empowering – Working with those impacted by violence affecting young people, being responsive to their wishes and enabling them to be part of the solution.
- Culturally Sensitive – Understanding the local context of the communities we are serving and supporting.
Knife crime is at the highest level on record.
Home Office statistics show that since April 2009, 205 children aged 17 or under have been killed by an attack with a sharp object in England and Wales. Figures peaked in 2021, with 30 children dying in London due to violence affecting young people. This figure represents 40% of homicides in London.
London accounts for a disproportionate number of knife crime offences, with 152 per 100,000 of population in the year ending September 2020, compared to 79 per 100,000 elsewhere.
In the year ending March 2020, there were around 46,000 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 earliest point at which comparable data is available.
A Freedom Of Information request has shown a ten-fold increase in the use of “zombie knives” in London. A total 48 incidents were recorded by Met Police in 2016. But the number rose to 495 in 2019 and — despite the Covid lockdown — surged to 388 in 2020.*
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 4,757 finished consultant episodes (FCE) recorded in English hospitals in 2019/20 due to assault by a sharp object. This was a decrease of nearly 8% compared to 2018/19 – 5,149 – but still 31% higher than in 2014/15.
Hospital Episodes Since 1998/991
1. Finished Consultant Episode (FCE)
Source: BRIEFING PAPER Number SN4304, 6 October 2020 Knife crime in England and Wales and the *Met Police.
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
- Structural Racism
- 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.