With knife crime at an all time high in Lambeth, CHIPS is expanding its work in the borough to Clapham Park estate, historically a rival gang area in conflict with Angell Town/Loughborough Estate in Brixton where CHIPS is based.
Project leader Josh Grear explains: “We are excited to collaborate with MAC-UK/The Integrate Movement who are using their ‘integrate model’ to train our team in the mental health needs of young people and help us introduce ‘streetherapy.’ We’re grateful to the Lambeth Wellbeing Fund for funding this initiative and energised to be working alongside XLP, Football Beyond Borders and Knights Youth Centre (KYC) to support young people where they are in our project area, the streets.”
On 4th May 2017, Ascension Trust (Street Pastors), launched the Synergy Partnership - an initiative to coordinate projects tackling youth violence. CHIPS is delighted to be one of the first four charities to be selected and funded for the project, which has the support of the Bishop of Southwark and other senior church leaders. CHIPS was represented by team members and trustees at the launch.