Meet Jack Kew

Jack Kew, 18, volunteers at the LNK Unit, Centrale Shopping Centre. He currently works part time in retail and is studying Public Services. However, his ambition is to become a youth worker with LNK.

In order for Jack to be a qualified youth worker, Jack would like to do an apprenticeship with LIVES NOT KNIVES. The youth work apprenticeship with LNK would involve, LNK roadshows, co-ordinating events for young people and working with primary school children who have learning difficulties and special needs.


Build Croydon – London Technology Week

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Interaction between Technology companies and Primary/Secondary schools – bringing technology into the forefront through talks, demos, HTML, CSS, Code Club, Stop Motion Animation, Construction of a Computer, Creating a Website, Q&A and much more….

When: 16 June 2014
Times: 12:00 – 18:00
Theme: Technology showcase for young people
Format: Showcase
Venue: LNK unit Upper Mall Centrale Shopping Centre Croydon CR0 1TY

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Mentoring and Befriending Foundation APS

We’re all very excited at Lives Not Knives today – we’ve just heard back from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (click for their site).

Our Building Young Leaders mentoring programme has passed and is APS (Approved Provider Standard) approved.

This means that our mentoring programme meets the quality standard as assessed by M+BF.

APS Approved!

Under Construction

Our website is currently under construction, but please feel free to continue to browse.

Horizons Mentoring Programme

What is Horizons?

The Horizons Mentoring Project is a partnership between South London YMCA, Lives Not Knives and Association for Black Engineers. It is being funded by the Greater London Assembly through the Mayors Mentoring Programme. We are funded to work with at least 300 boys in Lambeth and Croydon and currently have funding until Dec 2014. The core aim of our project is to widen boy’s horizons so that they can see a much bigger picture of their future lives. Other outcomes include building self-esteem and self-confidence, with improved resilience and the ability to resist peer pressure, reduced entry to gangs and other offending behaviour. Increased attendance at school, and increased attainment.



LNK at Digital Summer Camp

As a result of attending the Financial Times Hackday through Croydon TechCity, Lives Not Knives was offered an opportunity to have a community stand at the Digital Summer Camp this year, held at the Hackney Community College.



LNK Skydive

977946_533333330036632_1042106285_o2When I first started volunteering with Lives Not Knives, I never thought that I would be hurtling out of an aeroplane towards the ground at somewhere around 120 miles per hour. Needless to say, working at LNK has certainly been a different experience to my previous work history.



LNK at the Financial Times


I arrived at the Financial Times office bright and early. Well, perhaps not so bright (the weather was a little grey!) but certainly early enough. I was greeted, given a visitor’s badge, and without too much delay I was taken up to a conference room on the sixth floor. A number of tables had been set out for groups (and couldn’t be easily moved due to an awfully complicated web of cables along the floor), although many had already arrived and started discussing ideas. It turned out that I had a table all to myself. I was my own group. This wasn’t exactly ideal, so after a welcome speech from Rob Grimshaw (Head of I was enveloped by the largest team in attendance – The Reel FT (Members of the Future Technologies team from Pearson).


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