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15 December, 2008

Young people win Philip Lawrence Award for their anti gun and knife crime campaign

A group of young people have won the Philip Lawrence award for their campaign against gun and knife crime in Haringey, east London.

Value Life, a group of students from Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham, has run an annual peace march for the past 4 years through their local community after taking part in active citizenship training programme Youth Act .

Value Life, which initially began in 2004 with just 9 students and their citizenship teacher have gone on to win the prestigious Philip Lawrence award for their "contribution to their local community and to the lives of others". The group took part in Youth Act training in 2004, a project based at the Citizenship Foundation, which helped them identify the key issues in the area and supported them to devise their own campaign.

Choosing gun and knife crime the group started by running assemblies and raising awareness in their local school. By July 2008 there were 2000 students from other schools who all took part in their peaceful protest through Haringey.

Lee carryl, Value Life's co-ordinator and citizenship teacher said winning this award has "Reaffirmed the fact that all their hard work is having an impact and is being positively appreciated ... in turn it will further empower students to become active within their community"

For further information please contact Ade Sofola, Youth Act director on 07854 673 481.

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