Hundreds of local teenagers shown “powerful” knife-crime productions

Hundreds of local teenagers shown “powerful” knife-crime productions
3rd February 2020 Amanda Bhavnani
Notley High School students

Greenfields has helped to fund eight ‘Breaking the Chain’ theatre productions in local secondary schools to raise awareness of knife-crime and gangs.

The productions are by Alter Ego and aim to reduce youth violence through kick-starting conversations and building resilience. Schools including Notley High School in Braintree, Hedingham School in Sible Hedingham and Rickstones Academy in Witham showed the performances during the last week of January.

The project is part-funded by Greenfields Community Housing and part-funded by other members of the Braintree Community Safety Partnership, including Essex Police and Braintree District Council. In addition to the school performances, there are also two productions at Greenfields House aimed at parents and carers during the same week.

Katee Swallow, an ASB Co-ordinator at Greenfields, said: “The role of the Safety Partnership is to work together to reduce crime and disorder. We want to help teenagers to ‘break the chain’ by learning how to deal with pressure to carry a knife, the consequences of violence and how to seek help and advice.”

A student from Notley High School said: “I found the performance interesting and easy to understand. The story showed a situation that could happen to anyone and the importance of speaking out to a responsible adult and being a positive role model for others.”

If you or someone you know is threatened with or a victim of violence, please contact the Police on 999 in an emergency, or 101 if non-urgent.

If you’re a Greenfields resident experiencing anti-social behaviour, you can contact Greenfields for help and advice on 01376 535400 or click on this link to find out more: Reporting anti-social behaviour – ASB