Earlier today, local MP Stephen Timms, attended the first annual Stop Da Violence awards cremony, held at Forest Gate School. Stop Da Violence are a Newham based initiative based at the Arc Church, Forest Gate, which aims to work with communities to prevent violence and street crime amongst young people. The campaign started after the tragic death of Charlotte Polius, an Arc Church member, in 2005. Charlotte, aged 15, was stabbed at a party in Ilford.
During the evening, Stephen presented the award of ‘Young Person of the Year’ to youth led charity Love Life Generation. Working in teams they have reached out to their peers, local primary schools and disadvantaged communities through a range of creative arts performances and campaigns.
The presentation ceremony also featured other awards including ‘Local Young Person of the Year’ which was awarded to Former Olympic boxer, John Bosco. Poet Donna Parkinson received the ‘Person of the Year’ award. Eastside Young Leaders Academy was given ‘Organisation of the Year’ for their work in supporting young African Caribbean males. There were a number of performances throughout the evening, ranging from raps to poems, and short videos.
Speaking after the ceremony Stephen said: “This was a powerful evening, in which we heard powerful contributions from Mary Foley, Charlotte’s mother, who will shortly be meeting her daughter’s killer; and from the sisters of two young men tragically murdered this year. I attended the inaugural ‘Stop Da Violence’ concert after Charlotte’s death in 2005. I commend the consistent support of the Arc Church, and of its pastor, Peter Nembhard, for his work since.”