Knife crime and the devastating impact it has on lives is never far from the headlines. Something must change, so the No More Knives tour is heading into high schools to show young people there is another way.
Combining music with powerful stories and teaching, lessons and assemblies that equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to say no to knives and start to discover their full value and identity.
Following the schools week, we book a major venue to invite students along to a concert by the bands they’ve met in school and featuring guest speakers including Mark Bracewell, former gang member. And all this is done in partnership with the local police force and Redeeming Our Communities.
Having grown up in a tough estate in Manchester, gang crime, drug use and carrying a knife were all part of normal life. At the age of 17, Mark was addicted to cocaine and committed crimes to fund his habit. It wasn’t long before he was arrested for a knife point robbery and whilst in prison, Mark decided things had to change. On his release, Mark became a Christian, recovered from his addictions, volunteered for the YMCA and began mentoring young people.
Mark shares, ‘Five years ago I lost my eye when I was stabbed in the face and neck but it could have easily been my life. I knew things had to change for me. My life is now dedicated to helping teenagers and young adults not to make the mistakes I did. Growing up my mum did the absolute best she could, but I didn’t really have a male role model, someone to help me figure things out. I aim to be the person who does that for the young people I meet and if any of my work stops just one kid from picking up a knife, it’ll be worth it.’
Find out more about the Blackburn and Darwen tour below and to book the No More Knives tour at your school, get in touch today.
Owen, Pastoral Leader at Oasis Academy said, ‘The No More Knives Tour is more than just a message, more than a workshop. This is real – real stories and real people. The students left with a real topic of conversation and understanding of how to make better choices. This tour is a lifeline to many students who needed to hear and say “No More Knives”. Should anyone have the opportunity to attend this tour I urge you to work with The Message Trust and give your students the experience and support. Thank you to everyone for helping the people of today be the role models of tomorrow.’
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How long will the programme last?
We encourage each school to allow the programme to be delivered to every student in one day through back-to-back lessons e.g. period 1 with Year 7s, period 2 with Year 8s etc.
What will be schools need to provide?
We will need access to the main hall for two hours before the first session to do sound checks, and will need access to a projector and screen for the media presentations. During the day, our team will advertise the gig following the tour and sell tickets in the school or via a cashless system.
How much will it cost?
The cost of the tour is £900 per school per day (£400 for the speakers and £500 for the bands). The Message Trust provide all necessary PA equipment and pay for the concerts at the end of the tours.
How can I book the tour to come to my school?
Please contact [email protected] to discuss dates and booking.