There has been a wide variety of CHIPS events over the last six months, including...
It is with great anticipation that we introduce Josh Grear, the recently appointed Team Leader of the London Project. This vital and complex role involves both project management skills and youth work outreach. Josh comes well trained in both these areas and with a wealth of knowledge of the London area. For the past five years Josh has been involved in children’s, youth and family support work with Oasis Trust UK. He has worked at schools in the capital, supporting young people at risk of exclusion and has run community focused projects for children and their families.
We are devestated to relay the news that there has been a fatal shooting on the Brixton estates. A young man, Ogarrao Dixon - affectionately known as ‘Gora’, was murdered on Marcella Road on the 17th June.
Police were called at 12.48am to reports of a seriously injured man at Kings College Hospital. Doctors did what they could to save the 24 year old, however Ogarrao was pronounced dead less than hour later at 1.25am.
On Saturday, the 4th June the CHIPS Brixton Team led a prayer walk around the area. It was a really beautiful event with times of reflection and asking God for reconciliation. The walk started at the new CHIPS Brixton flat on Loughborough Estate and visited many areas. There was a time of prayer for Saint Johns Church, St Johns Primary School and for the Residents Management Organisation. Some of the prayers were specifically for Ogarrao Dixon, a young man who died on Marcella Road from a shooting on June 17th, this year.
On the 16th May there was a gathering in Henley, of all the wonderful people who signed up to be CHIPS Ambassadors. It was really special having so many people who were passionate about peace and the work of CHIPS in the same place. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the day. We really appreciate all your amazing efforts and support of CHIPs as a charity.
We are really sad to be sharing the news that only last week (9/6/15), there was a stabbing on Loughborough Road in Brixton. This is a stark reminder of the need for reconciliation between groups in the area.
Although we are only six and a half weeks into the London Project, there is already exciting progress being made. The London Team have been busy building relationships with various agencies and organisations in the area, which can be both challenging and rewarding. Paul (CHIPS Director) and Josh (London Project Coordinator) have visited a local school a number of times and are building up a solid partnership with them.