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DJ Abrantee lends his support for 2011 SNAC Launch
February for the first time Camden Police officers will join Islington officers in encouraging young people to start community projects as part of the Safer Neighbourhoods Annual Challenge (SNAC).
The SNAC 2011 was launched by Choice FM DJ Abrantee, police officers from both boroughs, and a group of young students at Maria Fidelis School in Camden on Friday 18 February.
As part of the SNAC, which runs from February 2011 to the end of May 2011, groups of young people are asked to identify issues in their communities, come up with problem solving ideas and then implement those solutions.
In the summer each project will be judged by a panel and prizes are awarded to the projects which have had the greatest impact on their community.
For the first time schools and youth groups in Camden will now be able to come up with ideas and organise their projects with funding and support from Safer Neighbourhoods officers.
In June 2011 officers will hold an awards ceremony which has in the past been hosted by Choice FM presenters and attracted celebrities Myleene Klass and Beverley Knight.
Borough Commander Mike Wise, Islington Police, said: “We are proud to announce the launch of Islington’s third Safer Neighbourhoods Annual Challenge, and the first for Camden. This innovative project really motivates young people to take responsibility for making a positive change to the issues affecting their communities.”
Student Sofia, aged 12, said: “The SNAC sounds really good. I’m excited I’ll be able to work with my friends on coming up with some ideas about what to do.”
On ya Bike!
Chris Vee, one-third of Firin' Squad took part in the London to Windsor bike ride on Sunday 5th September and raised a massive £1003.58!!!
The money was raised for The British Heart Foundation in order to raise money to help fund their life-saving work.
A Big well done from the Choice FM Team!
The 2010 Islington SNAC Awards
On Sunday 13th June 2010 at the Kings Place, N1, young people from all over Islington came together to showcase ideas and solutions to improve their local neighbourhoods.
Their hard work was all part of the second Islington Safer Neighbourhoods Annual Challenge (SNAC) organised by Islington Police.
Over the last five months 350 Islington youngsters have been thinking about what they could do to make their local neighbourhoods safer and to address local problems.
Projects ranged from designing tee-shirts and hoodies, organising football matches, planting plants in local parks, hosting tea parties for elderly residents and cleaning up the streets and neighbourhoods.
Their hard work culminated in the SNAC awards ceremony hosted by Islington Police in partnership with Islington Council. and co hosted by Choice FMs very own Abranteee. Awards were handed out by Islington Councillor, Catherine West, Superintendent of Islington Police, John Sutherland and Freddy Hudson, Head of Arsenal in the Community.
Youth Club Clearout
Choice FM's new DJ Pandora went down to help the volunteers of I Have A Choice to clearout a basement.
Please check out the following photos!
Choice FM Christmas Appeal
Choice FM proudly supported Charity Kids Company at Christmas.
We asked listeners and organisations to get involved and we were flooded with donations! A massive thank you to all those who contributed especially the Early Learning Center and NBA.
Kids company provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people suffering neglect and abuse. Many of the 14,000 children the charity reaches have experienced severe and multiple trauma; often living in chronic deprivation, with little or no support, and facing the daily anxieties of caring for their family as the role of parent and child are reversed. Over 95% of the children we support refer themselves via our drop in centre, they have heard have heard about Kids Company from peers on the streets.
Choice FM proudly supported the first ACLT (Afro Caribbean leukaemia Trust) talent show held at the Hackney Empire on Saturday the 14th November. DJs Lucy Ambache, Rollo and Abrantee all took part to make sure the show was a huge success!
A massive thank you to all of those who attended all ticket sales goes towards the ACLTs life saving work.
Orin Lewis and Beverly de Gale
Lucy Ambache and MOBO winner Yolanda Brown
Eddie Kadi, SWAY, Lucy and Abrantee
UK Star Bashy, Lucy and Eddie kadi
Metropolitan Police Safer Schools held a basketball tournament in aid of London Week of Peace. Three London schools attended the The Islington Hoopz Classic 2009 with Choice FM's DJ 279 in attendance.
Broken Silence Talent Contest finals!
Choice FM DJ Dre Thompson headed down to the Broken Silence talent Final, along side Donaeo, Daniel Green (Holby Blue and the Bill) and Aicha McKenzie (AMCK Dance agency) to act as part of the celebrity judging panel.
There were 16 amazing finalists, all coming together in aid of raising money in memory of for Sickle cell sufferers and to remember Leona Dehaney.
A big well done to all those who took part and a special congratulations to all the winners
DJ Lucy Ambache joins Daley Thompson and David Cameron as they ride against gun and knife crime
LONDON, July 14, 2009 - Lucy Ambache, David Cameron, Boris Becker and others, teamed up with Laureus World Sports Academy member Daley Thompson today as the Olympic legend arrived in Central London on the final day of his marathon Manchester-London cycle ride which aims to draw attention to the growing problems of gun and knife crime in the country.
The ride started at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground last Wednesday and has routed through Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Newbury and Brent. At each location Daley Thompson and his fellow cyclists have visited community projects which use sport to keep young people off the streets and provide positive life lessons.
Conservative Leader David Cameron, a keen cyclist, joined Daley on his visit to the London Active Communities Urban Stars project at Lillian Bayliss Old School in Kennington. Also visiting the project were Laureus Academy members Boris Becker, Gary Player, Hugo Porta and Steve Waugh.
David Cameron said: "I am delighted to support Laureus in this initiative. The number of young people entering the criminal justice system has gone up by a fifth in just five years. What many young people like them need is a positive outlet for their energies and social needs. Sport - especially team sport - offers exactly that, so we have to do whatever we can to make sure sport is more accessible to them."
Thompson has cycled 367-miles over the last seven days to publicise a ground-breaking report, commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which highlights the solutions sport can provide to this modern day evil.
The report - ‘Laureus - Breaking the Cycle of Violence' - makes recommendations and calls on all politicians, professional sports clubs and community sports facilities to recognise and invest in sport as an effective mechanism for tackling the growing problem of youth crime and gang violence.
Daley Thompson said: "I am really delighted David Cameron wanted to ride with me on the last day and to join me for the visit to the project in Kennington. What is happening to too many of our young people is a tragedy and we must find a new way to fight this evil. David was able to see for himself how sport can make an impact. Our report shows how sports initiatives can be designed to meet the challenge of urban youth violence and I was delighted that I had the chance to explain this to him."
Daley has been a member of the Laureus Academy since it was founded ten years ago and he has visited projects all over the world which bear testament to sport as a tool for social change. He was inspired to focus on the issue of gangs by the research report, commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which demonstrated the similarities between sport and gangs.
He says: "The report really struck a chord. A gang is actually not that different from a sports team, both provide you with a sense of belonging, status and excitement. But, while sport also helps you develop control over your emotions and learn to respect certain boundaries, being in a gang can be destructive."
Written in collaboration with the research agency Substance, the report draws on research and project experience gained by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation over the past ten years, and articulates how sports initiatives can be designed to meet the challenge of urban youth violence. The report can be downloaded at www.laureus.com/breakingthecycleofviolence
North Lambeth and North Southwark Sport Action Zone was designed to address the lack of sports activities and facilities in some of the most socially and economically deprived areas of the country and to bring the benefits of sport and physical activity to these communities. Lillian Bayliss Old School is the community hub where this all takes place, with more than 500 young people accessing the school each week to take part in a huge range of programmes and classes, all of which are free.
Lucy Ambache hosts Safer neighbourhood Awards
Breakfast DJ Lucy Ambache made a special apperance at the 2009 Islington Safer Neighbourhoods Annual Challenge Awards.
The SNAC is an initiative designed to make the borough of Islington a safer place, by getting children and young people involved in a number of activities to make their neighbourhood a much safer place.
The awards celebrated the efforts of all the young people who have made a positive contribution.
The SNAC is open to children and young people, aged 5-19, who go to one of the following in the local area:
Secondary School or College;
Youth Group (or other organisation for young people).
Participants don’t actually have to live in the Borough to take part.
For more information on the SNAC check out www.thesnac.com
Premiere of the Prince’s Trust at Enfield College
The first ever Enfield College Prince’s Trust programme was successfully completed in May this year by 11 students. The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is for young people who need to build their self confidence, teamwork and personal development skills. The 12 week programme offers members an opportunity to achieve 6 nationally recognized qualifications and they participate in a number of community projects, residential trip and work experience.
The Awards Ceremony was hosted by the team members and certificates were presented by Choice FM Breakfast Show DJ Martin Jay. One particular member, Donald Zaranyika excelled on the course after being released from prison just days before the course started. "The Princes Trust course improved my confidence, I had only just been released from prison 3 days earlier and I am very grateful to the Team Leaders for taking me on and arranging with my probation officer to take me on residential.” Donald also leaves the course with all 6 qualifications.
The celebration was indeed that, positive, full of high sprits and energy, Team Leader Kam Aujla agreed “they showed great courage, enthusiasm, and dedication during the 12 weeks and everybody at Enfield College and the Princes Trust is grateful for their contribution and efforts. Young people receive a lot of bad press, so it’s refreshing when they all pull together and produce something amazing.”
Martin Jay OPENS NEW SPORTS FACILITY
Choice FM’s Martin J and QPR FC officially opened a brand new sports facility for students at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College.
The special guests from the world of radio and football performed a penalty shootout to mark the opening of the new sports hall and to highlight a new partnership between the College and the football club. They pitted their skills against the College’s First Team goalie Kyle Hogan, giving him some practice for the final of the FE League cup, in which he and the College’s 1st Team will be playing next week.
The College, whose Hammersmith site is based in Gliddon Road, Barons Court, has invested in the sports facility which will now offer students the opportunity to easily engage in sport, where once they had to travel across the borough to take part in their favourite recreational activity.
It also marks significant developments in sport at the College. New member of staff Dede Foley, a Further Education Sports Coordinator was recently recruited and will focus primarily on promoting sport and physical activity within the College and the local community, managing an exciting range of activities including futsal (Brazilian football), cricket, cheerleading and martial arts. An existing academic relationship with QPR means that players from the Club study for qualifications at the College and from September 2009, a brand new Foundation Degree in Sport, Health & Fitness will provide opportunities for students to gain the skills to work in the fitness industry.
At the launch, QPR announced that their football community coach Danny Edwards will now manage and coach the College’s 1st and 2nd Teams. Students will get a real taste of life as a footballer and be required to attend training sessions twice a week, sign real contracts and play in league matches. Selection for matches will depend strictly on their performance in lessons. Students will also learn how to transfer the discipline, team work and communication skills they have learnt as part of the team into other aspects of their lives.
DJ Martin J said “Today is a great day for me, both as a former student of this College, and lifelong QPR supporter. Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College and QPR have set up a fantastic partnership, which I’m pleased to support. It is really showing young people what grass roots football is all about and how to get involved in the sport whilst still young.”
Hotsteppa meets Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp, Luka Modric and Choice FM DJ Hotsteppa welcomed young people from Kickz projects across London to the Tottenham Hotspur training ground; to compete in an anti knife crime themed tournament. As part of a national competition, thousands are taking part from over 100 Kickz projects across the country, pledging their support to a Government campaign to tackle knife crime, entitled: ‘It Doesn’t Have to Happen’. The power and influence of professional football brands in young peoples’ lives will be harnessed to positively convey the message, urging young people not to carry knives.
Redknapp had hundreds of young people engrossed, as he delivered an inspirational speech. The Spurs manager said: "I grew up in Stepney on an estate like you and you can be anything you want to be, if you work hard and stay out of trouble". Redknapp and Modric firmly endorsed the 'It Doesn't Have to Happen campaign', with Harry commenting to the 12-16 year olds in attendance that "only cowards carry knives".
‘It Doesn’t Have to Happen’ was conceived by the Home Office and young people have contributed significantly to its development. It aims to give young people an understanding of the consequences of knife crime, encouraging them to ‘say no to knives’ and have a positive influence on each other. Peer-to-peer messaging is an important part of the campaign which has a dedicated website on Bebo: www.itdoesnthavetohappen.co.uk
The Kickz programme, backed by the Football Foundation, Premier League and Metropolitan Police, will initially raise awareness of the campaign via twelve high profile regional tournaments. 12-16 year olds will pull on clubs’ strips and represent their communities in the competition, with finals at Derby County’s Pride Park and Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.
The Spurs tournament saw the home team triumph in two of the age categories including victory over North London rivals Arsenal. The event was also supported by Choice FM, who are also driving a Peace on the Streets campaign. DJ Hotstepper was on hand to create an excellent atmosphere.
After the events, the participants will take the campaign message back to their communities. Local authorities and police will also be encouraged to use the campaign as a springboard for championing local anti-knife initiatives. Furthermore, the Home Office funding is also allowing delivery of targeted workshops from the ‘Be Safe’ organisation across the Kickz network. To date, over 1700 Kickz participants have experienced the hard hitting ‘Be Safe’ workshops, which cover topics including the dangers of carrying weapons and positive approaches to personal safety.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said:
“We all have a role to play in stopping the minority of young people carrying knives and getting weapons off our streets. That is why I am delighted to be working with the Football Foundation’s Kickz projects to give young people the opportunity to feel confident, make the right choices and say no to knives.
“The goal is not just catching the criminals – it is also about educating young people about the dangers of carrying knives and providing them with positive role models and activities to prevent them becoming involved in knife crime. That is exactly what Kickz is working to achieve in partnership through our “It Doesn't Have to Happen” campaign to continue spreading the message that carrying a knife is not acceptable.”
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Rod Jarman of the Metropolitan Police said:
“I am delighted that the Metropolitan Police are engaging with more than 10,000 young Londoners three times per week, through the successful partnerships that have been established between Kickz and our Safer Neighbourhood teams.
“The majority of young people are law abiding, however Kickz provides an opportunity for all it's participants to engage in structured activities and participate in educational workshops on issues such as gun and knife crime.This positive campaign informs young people of the dangers of carrying weapons, encouraging them and their peers to make a different choice. We will continue, through Kickz and other programmes, to protect our young people from violence and provide them with opportunities to achieve a more positive future”.
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