We would very much like you to join the Synergy Network as it works with partners to tackle serious youth violence.
After many years of declining knife-related crime in Britain, 2015 saw a spike which has increased ever since. The figures for 2017-18 were the worst on record and the situation has not improved since then. Although the COVID-19 crisis has seen a relative reduction in serious youth violence (SYV), there is a real concern that it will return with a vengeance as the country comes more out of lockdown.
This has been coupled with amplified media attention which now covers these killings in greater detail, thus creating a greater sense of urgency to find solutions. Each death is one too many, and the churches recognise that it is time for them to utilise the assets at their disposal to work (with others) to tackle serious youth violence.
The Synergy Network wants to send a strong message which demonstrates that the churches are concerned about the escalation in serious youth violence which is impacting towns and cities in Britain. The Network is very much about encouraging churches and Christians to stand alongside those affected by violent crime, and for them to begin their engagement or redouble their efforts in combating SYV. The churches, Christian organisations and individuals have much to offer in terms of prayer, expertise, volunteers and resources, such as buildings and equipment.