Young people and their families in Tottenham Hale will benefit from a £750,000 fund awarded to help local communities tackle youth crime and violence in their neighbourhoods.
The award – from the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) MyEnds programme – follows a successful bid from Haringey Council, the Bridge Renewal Trust and partners.
The scheme aims to help young people and their families in the borough develop their own initiatives to bring about positive change where they live.
Among the community led initiatives the funding will deliver over a three-year period, will be schemes aimed at providing opportunities for young people in Tottenham Hale.
These will build on work already happening through the successful Haringey Community Gold programme, started in 2019 by Haringey Council and its partners that looks to reduce violent crime in Haringey.
This provides a range of initiatives for young people and their families such as sport provision, employment support, a future leaders programme and mental health support.
The successful joint bid for the MyEnds programme – led by the Bridge Renewal Trust and Haringey Council with the Godwin Lawson Foundation, the North London Partnership Consortium, Father 2 Father CIC and Mind in Haringey – was made earlier this year.
The funding will now be used to help residents, community groups, young people, youth outreach workers and local authority wardens. The schemes it supports will operate under the name ‘Home Cooked’.
Cllr Mark Blake, Cabinet Member for Communities at Haringey Council, said: “It is great news that the Mayor of London has awarded this funding, which will help the council and its partners build upon the work we do with young people and families tackling violence.
“A great deal has already been started under the Haringey Community Gold programme, which is bringing forward positive results, and this funding award will only add to that.
“Working with local communities to tackle youth crime and violence is a key priority of ours and forms a key component in our strategy to help young people stay away from crime.”
Rachel Hughes, Chair of The Bridge Renewal Trust, added: “The Bridge Renewal Trust and our consortium partners are delighted to have been awarded funding by the GLA’s Violent Reduction Unit. It is going to make a huge difference towards a safer Tottenham Hale neighbourhood. We will be able to work with local people and trusted grassroots community organisations to co-create practical solutions towards happy and resilient young people and families.
“The extra capacity from the funding means we can build on the passion and strengths of our diverse communities to ensure inclusive engagement of all people affected by violence in the community, especially young people.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The VRU is committed to tackling violence before it occurs. Investing in programmes like MyEnds is about putting communities at the forefront, supporting them and giving them the tools they need to drive down violence and make our city safer for all Londoners.”