SOUTH LONDON MAYHEM: Four children stabbed

London – VIJAY SHAH via RICHARD HARTLEY-PARKINSON and Metro The crimewave affecting London now has taken an even nastier turn, as newspaper Metro reported yesterday that four children in the south of the city were attacked during a scuffle, with one harmed so badly that witnesses said they were ‘disembowelled’. A fight was alleged to have broken out between two groups of teenagers, aged 15 to 16 years, at the Landor House, a block of flats on the Elmington estate in Camberwell. Four children were taken to hospital, with one boy suffering serious injuries and is now fighting for his life. … Continue reading SOUTH LONDON MAYHEM: Four children stabbed

EXCEL CAREERS FAIR: Arrives at Newham’s ExCel centre

London – VIJAY SHAH via TOM HORTON and Newham Recorder The UK’s largest careers fair has made its way to the ExCel centre in Newham, east London this weekend, attracting around 30,000 visitors to the Custom House area in search of new and exciting employment opportunities, local newspaper the Newham Recorder reported on Thursday.   Skills London 2017 is geared towards young people between the ages of 15 and 24, and is hosted by London First and Prospects, and is supported by the office of the Mayor of London and the National Careers Service. The event will feature a selection of … Continue reading EXCEL CAREERS FAIR: Arrives at Newham’s ExCel centre

HARROW YOUTH ELECTIONS 2016: Young people make themselves heard

Harrow, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via Harrow Times Youngsters in the Harrow borough in north-west Greater London will have a chance to make their voices heard in the forthcoming elections for the Harrow Youth Parliament next week and decide the next direction for their community and borough’s youth services, local paper the Harrow Times reports today. The Youth Parliament, which is the largest and most active of any of Greater London’s 32 boroughs, has called on young Harrovians to go out and vote in the 2016 elections, enabling them to challenge decisions made by councillors, get involved in important decisions … Continue reading HARROW YOUTH ELECTIONS 2016: Young people make themselves heard

JOURNALISM APPRENTICESHIP: Editors, NCTJ to develop higher on-the-job journalist training

Britain‘s National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) reports that it is currently working with journalism employers from several newspapers and TV channels to develop a programme of higher apprenticeships for journalists to acquire news-writing skills on the job. Their plans were formally announced in a news release published on the council’s website this past Thursday (23 October 2014). The NCTJ along with selected employers had recently pitched their idea of a higher apprenticeship to the British government. Ministers there have now given the new qualification system the green light of approval in their efforts to tackle rising youth unemployment in the … Continue reading JOURNALISM APPRENTICESHIP: Editors, NCTJ to develop higher on-the-job journalist training

YOUNGROOTS: Grant programme helps youngsters discover heritage

A new grant programme has been set up in the United Kingdom to help British youngsters understand their heritage and express it through community service and media. Shout Out UK, an alternative youth publication, reported today that the Heritage Lottery Fund is running the first stages of a special granting programme, the #YoungRoots Grant Programme, which gifts up to £50,000 in funds to individual young people and youth organisations to help discover and express their heritage. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is a funding arm of Britain’s National Lottery organisation. Founded in 1993, HLF aims to sustain and transform a wide range … Continue reading YOUNGROOTS: Grant programme helps youngsters discover heritage

PRINCE’S TRUST: Helping in the war against east London’s youth unemployment

The Prince’s Trust, a charity with royal patronage that helps disadvantaged young people, has recently held an event near east London to help get young jobseekers a foothold into the world of employment this past week. The “What’s Stopping You?” event was held by the Prince’s Trust at its head office in central London and saw young people from all over east London converge to learn about effective jobhunting and support in building their confidence. The event was sponsored by Barclays bank, which has regular callouts for graduates and apprentices from the east London area, which covers boroughs such as Hackney, … Continue reading PRINCE’S TRUST: Helping in the war against east London’s youth unemployment

SHOTTA-DEM ON ROADS: London’s gang violence – a personal commentary

  By Vijay Shah For two years, I was living in a rented terraced house in Forest Gate, east London. It was a tiny property built over an old graveyard and tucked away in the backstreets, and only a short stroll from the border with the neighbouring borough of Waltham Forest. It was a friendly enough area with a deep sense of community, but it was also very rough and ‘ghetto’. As is common with other inner city areas in London, there was a gang problem. While a local youth centre and an active grime music scene helped kept some … Continue reading SHOTTA-DEM ON ROADS: London’s gang violence – a personal commentary