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A closeup of a pin badge that has the message: "Stop the knives ending lives".

Vibe’s Knowsley Youth Parliament wins North West award

by Nicola Appleton

Knowsley Youth Cabinet’s inspirational Stop the Knives Ending Lives campaign has won an award at a Zoom ceremony that celebrates the achievements of young people in the North West.

Winning the award in the Best Social Action Project category, the group of young people from Knowsley were celebrated by Youth Focus NW, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of young people.

The campaign, which was launched earlier this year, responded to the Make Your Mark ballot (UK Youth Parliament poll) in 2019 in which Youth Parliament and schools across Knowsley voted that ending knife crime was a priority issue.

As a result, the Youth Cabinet invited Knowsley secondary schools and youth groups to enter a competition for pupils to design a pin badge responding to this concern. St Edmund Arrowsmith pupil April Beadman created the winning design which uses the slogan “Stop the Knives Ending Lives”.

The badge is available to buy and money raised is donated to Knowsley Youth Cabinet for future campaigns and the ADAM Foundation, a charity set up by the family of Adam Ellison, the 29 year old who was fatally stabbed in Prescot in 2017.

The Youth Focus NW Awards were held on Zoom with over 100 people attending from Manchester, Bolton, Chester, Wirral and Cumbria Youth Councils.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:

“Well done to Knowsley’s Youth Parliament, this is a brilliant achievement. Knife crime is a concern across the whole of the country, so it is wonderful to see our young people in Knowsley taking the initiative and making a positive contribution to raise awareness of this important issue. And now to be recognised by the wider region for their dedication to creating safer communities is even better.”

Cllr Harvey, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“I’m incredibly proud of Knowsley’s Youth Parliament on wining this award. It’s fantastic to see our young people come together to create something so meaningful. The last 6 months have been challenging for everyone, not least for children and young people, so it’s great to see the Youth Parliament continue to thrive.”