Youthact! Project in

Alternative Education Team


- Make the right choice when deciding who you hang out with

- Do the right thing and dont do things you wouldnt do on your own

-Pass it on to people you respect

Unloc, a youth group from West Drayton in Hillingdon realised that they could overcome negativity they had experienced in their schools, by turning this into positivity in looking at the wider community.

Project started: Oct 2008

The group initially felt that running a campaign would be difficult, but the structure and support of Youth Act training over the course of 8 weeks helped them realise they could run an effective campaign.

After identifying the various issues in their community Unloc chose to run an awareness campaign on the issues surrounding joining gangs. They were keen to highlight that it is not always negative to hang around with people from your local area, nor do all adults want young people to be on their own in the evenings. Bearing this in mind, the group therefore wanted to focus on a campaign which highlights the issues that can occur in gangs, but also how to be safe in groups of young people.

Aiming their campaign at 11 to 15 year olds, Unloc felt they could embed gang awareness and understanding in a whole group of young people which in turn would be passed further into the community. One of the group added, everyone is helping each other out highlighting their commitment to working with the wider community.

The group have devised a questionnaire which they have given out to young people in 4 different youth clubs in Hillingdon along with an awareness poster which they will hope will help other young people recognise the issues surrounding gangs. They are also giving their questionnaire to various Police Community Support Officers to help support them and advertise their campaign.

Watch this space for the findings of their campaign!

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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