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Oct 10, 2014

“Wow — we did that!”

Roganna (18) and Siobhan (17) are part of the team who launched Ten Thousand Hands café


“From doing all of this I feel like anything you give me I’ll be able to do it, whereas before I would say no. When you look back on it you think, wow we opened up a café from nothing. It actually happened and looking back it’s like, wow we did that?”


“Sometimes I feel like it doesn’t feel real what we did, all the times we were looking over CVs, trying to get the decoration in the café right, conducting interviews, designing and buying aprons, getting the right colours, just all those little things.”

Jed Watkins (19) and Rianna Li-Bailey (17) also led the project.

You can read more about the cafe here — or just come down to Ladywell Fields for a coffee and meet the team!

Oct 10, 2014

‘Tackling Youth Homicide: young people as perpetrators and victims’

CONTACT: To purchase tickets 07754758546 / Media enquiries:

29 October: ‘Tackling Youth Homicide’ Conference

Cost per delegate: £140


Sir Bernard Hogan Howe QPM — Head of London’s Metropolitan Police Service

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP – Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor

Dr Fiona Brookman PhD – Professor of Criminology, Director of CIRN, University of South Wales

Kevin McGrath – The High Sheriff of Greater London

Bill Griffiths CBE BEM QPM — former Deputy Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police and director of all serious crime operations, including homicide, between 2000 and 2005

Barry Mizen MBE – Founder of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation

The actions of a minority of violent young people wreak havoc on the lives and communities of the rest. How can we mobilize the law-abiding majority to change the attitudes of the minority of young people who are violent?

A message from Barry Mizen MBE:

“As a family, we have been alarmed by the current levels of extreme violence in society and around the world.

Why is violence perpetrated by young people getting more extreme?

In the UK alone, young men aged 16 to 24 are more than four times as likely to become victims of violent crime than the general population. This age group also forms the mainstay of street gang members and associates. There have been over 160 teenage homicide victims in London alone since 2005. Many have been gang-related, but others have been ‘collateral damage’, including 15 year-old Shereka Fab-Ann March, who was shot dead in March this year. Recently, 46 year-old Paul Thrower was murdered by an axe after asking three teenage boys to stop smoking and drinking outside his flat.

Further examples:

· The beheading of Palmira Silva 82, by a 25 year old brings this extreme violence into the spotlight.

· Two men in Hackney held a knife to a nine-year-old’s throat as they attempted to rob her mother’s handbag.

· A family were attacked by a group of six youths as they mourned the death of their stillborn child by releasing balloons in Colchester, Essex, on July 23. All three of the couple’s children — aged between just 11 and 17 — were also attacked and suffered minor injuries.

The actions of a minority of violent young people wreak havoc on the lives and communities of the rest. How can we mobilize the law-abiding majority to change the attitudes of the minority of young people who are violent?

Although good work has, and is, being done in our capital, the violence is becoming ever more frequent.

This Conference addresses these pressing issues and aims to start a new measured conversation in society about how to tackle Young People as Perpetrators of Homicide.”

Our Speakers:

Sir Bernard Hogan Howe QPM — Head of London’s Metropolitan Police Service:

“There is nothing more tragic than the loss of a child’s life and when that happens at the hands of another young person it is even more incomprehensible.

Whilst these crimes have become less frequent, we still see too much serious youth violence on the streets of London and in order to further reduce the deaths and life-changing injuries which can result, we all need to work together. We cannot simply arrest our way out of this problem.

Prosecutions of the guilty will not bring a victim back to their families and our preventative action against gangs and knives has helped prevent some families having to grieve for their sons and daughters in recent years.

It is, however, absolutely vital that we continue to look for innovative and effective ways to keep our young Londoners away from violent lifestyles.

We need to help them make good decisions if they have to deal with conflict and to focus on leading constructive and fulfilling lives.

Most young people do this everyday, without our help, so it is achievable, if we put our minds to it.”

Dr Fiona Brookman PhD – Professor of Criminology, Director of CIRN, University of South Wales:

“I was honoured to be asked to speak at the first Jimmy Mizen Foundation Conference. There is a great deal written about violence and homicide but few examples of work dedicated to trying to reduce and prevent lethal violence amongst those most vulnerable to it – young people (and especially young men). This Conference is timely and important in bringing together people from a broad range of backgrounds and agencies to debate and deliberate effective ways of helping young people to live peacefully and avoid the devastating impacts of homicide.”

Bill Griffiths, former Deputy Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police:

“When a young person is murdered it is almost always at the hands of another young person. This Conference is about the pursuit of what works in communities and agencies to minimise this phenomenon and its tragic consequences.”

Kevin McGrath – The High Sheriff of Greater London:

“This Conference will provide a vital platform for a much-needed conversation about what can be done to reduce the high levels of violent youth crime in our capital.”

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP – Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor also joins us as one of our speakers.

More about the Conference

The aim of this conference is to bring professionals together to develop a shared understanding of what more can be done to prevent young people becoming perpetrators and victims of homicide. The Conference will examine these issues:

· What works in the Youth Justice system to achieve full and sustainable rehabilitation

· What are the causes and motivation for extreme violence between young people and what is the profile of a perpetrator

· What works in multi-agency approaches, projects and early interventions that prevent extreme violence between young people

· How we can engage with young people to report crime and to work with agencies on solutions for peace

· What community solutions are needed to reduce violence between young people

About GoodHope Training and Consultancy:

GoodHope Training and Consultancy (GHTC) is a trading subsidiary of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation.

Barry Mizen (MBE) and Margaret Mizen (MBE) have dedicated their lives to working for peace after their son Jimmy was tragically murdered in 2008. This was a random act of violence in a South-East London bakery – on the day after his 16th birthday.

Margaret and Barry have become prominent, skilled, vocal campaigners and peer mentors for peace within our communities.

During The Foundation’s five-year delivery of intervention and projects in Education, Social and Youth Enterprise, Crime Prevention and Charity consultancy, The Foundation has invested in key personnel with specialist skill sets for each project.

This practitioner base led to the creation of GoodHope Training and Consultancy. Collectively the practitioners have delivered programmes funded by The European Union, Big Lottery, Comic Relief, Esmee Fairbarn, Ministry of Justice, Department for Education, Department of Health, Cabinet Office, Department of Work and Pensions and The Home Office.

About The Jimmy Mizen Foundation:

The Jimmy Mizen Foundation works to build a legacy of peace in Jimmy’s memory and make young people safer. The Foundation runs programmes in schools across the country, provides youth employment and work experience through its cafés in Lewisham as well as having an active Young Citizens group.

May 10, 2014

Our Conference on Tackling Youth Violence

Barry Mizen, spoke on Loose Women on the 8th of May 2014 about our upcoming conference:

Barry sits on the Victims

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May 1, 2014 / 1 note

A Story to Share


I must share a story with you all that made myself and

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Apr 28, 2014 / 1 note

Young People Representing Every Secondary School in Lewisham take their ‘Peace Cloth’ to Downing St


Over the past year young people, representing every secondary school in Lewisham, have joined forces to

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Apr 28, 2014 / 1 note

See how Jimmy’s legacy is helping young people change their lives

Apr 16, 2014 / 3 notes

Update from Barry Mizen

It’s been an extremely busy time for The Jimmy Mizen Foundation, my wife and me have been visiting many schools and youth groups. Although the bulk of our work is

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Mar 26, 2014
From our Patron
By sharing Jimmy’s story with young people, The Foundation allows them to see the catastrophic effects of violence. The Foundation also extols the principles needed to build up the common good: the promotion of peace, commitment to solidarity, participation in community, a preferential option for the less fortunate, and a respect for the dignity and potential of every human being. Moreover, convinced of the goodness and potential of all young people, the Foundation enables them to identify and fulfill their God-given talents by encouraging them to find positive ways to spend their time and helping them into work. In short, The Foundation makes our streets safer places and helps create a society in which everyone can flourish.
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