London Needs You Alive Toolkit
An educational toolkit for schools, colleges, community and faith groups to help them raise awareness of the London Needs You Alive campaign and reduce knife crime.
It summarises the available evidence and shows how effective different approaches are at preventing violence.
This is the first version, which includes evidence about 13 different approaches. It’ll be updated every six months with new topics and evidence that people working with children need.
Support for Young People Affected by Violence and Abuse:
Safer London (Support includes the Pan-London Gang Exit Programme)
MP Letter Template
Writing to your MP
Writing to politicians is a great way to raise awareness of violence affecting young people in your local area. It’s quick and easy, plus helps your MP to represent you in Parliament.
What can my MP do about the issues that concern me?
It’s your MP’s job to make your voice heard in Parliament whether you voted for them or not. They represent their local area and can raise concerns of local people.
- Vote on issues in Parliament
- Write to the government minister responsible for the issue or make an appointment to see them
- Ask questions in Parliament (‘Parliamentary Questions’ or PQs) about issues you raise
- Ask for a debate in Parliament. A relevant minister will always attend this debate to respond to your MP on behalf of the government
When you talk about violence affecting young people in your area with your MP, you’re adding your voice to a national campaign for change.
Who is my MP?
MPs are most likely to respond to a personalised letter, and especially one written by a passionate constituent who sets out why an issue is so important to them.
But if you do need a bit of guidance on how to set out your letter, here’s a template example you could use to help you write to your MP.