Street Violence Ruins Lives

Street Violence Ruins Lives (SVRL) Day is taking place on 11 September at Charlton Athletic's match against Cheltenham Town. Find out more about the day here.

The Street Violence Ruins Lives (SVRL) campaign raises awareness of the serious consequences of weapons-related violence amongst young people through the experiences of the Knox family, with the tragic loss of their son Rob in 2008.

CACT staff and partners recently received bespoke training around street and gang culture as part of the Young Londoners Fund to support CACT's SVRL campaign.

In addition to its ongoing mentoring work throughout the year, CACT holds an annual SVRL-themed match day to promote awareness about the campaign. This year it is taking place on 11 September at The Valley when Charlton Athletic face Cheltenham Town.

SVRL is one of the first such programmes delivered by a community trust and has been adopted as a model of best practice by a number other football clubs. CACT delivers a wide-range of projects under the new strategy:

Youth, social clubs and leisure activities, sports, physical activities and coach education, alternative education and traineeships, mentoring support and employment support programmes, volunteering and apprenticeship programmes, support and discussions on personal development, emotions and self-reflection, crime education & youth-police relationship building, drug, safety and sexual health awareness workshops and culture & faith awareness workshops.

The key outcomes are identified as follows: 

  • Higher aspirations
  • Improved emotional wellbeing
  • Reduced anti-social & criminal behaviour

Click here to read CACT's SVRL strategy in full

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