The Knife Angel brings months of action to Milton Keynes

Thu 3 Nov 2022 - posted by Dan

MK Dons Sport & Education Trust and The Safety Centre aim to provide education to 3000 children in the City of Milton Keynes

This December, Milton Keynes will host the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression (Knife Angel) at Stadium MK. The Knife Angel coming to the City of Milton Keynes brings a month of action as the community stands together against violence of all forms.

Planned events will take place throughout December, with the aim for activities to take place across the city and include as many partners, statutory and voluntary, across all communities in the attempt to leave a legacy for the city.

Both MK Dons Sport & Education Trust (SET) and Safety Centre Charity will look to provide workshops and engaging educational activities for schools and youth groups aged 12+.

From early December The Safety Centre, who are the region’s leading Safety Education Charity and a key partner of the months of action project, will deliver 50 early knife crime intervention sessions for year 5 and 6 primary school students talking about the choices and consequences of carrying a weapon. These sessions have been tailored for year 5 and year 6 students and the charity will also provide separate parent knife crime awareness sessions.

Alongside Safety Cente, MK Dons SET, will support by providing educational workshops providing opportunities for youth groups and students to become anti-violence ambassadors, becoming part of the legacy through social action. Something which MK Dons SET CEO, Maralyn Smith noted of the importance:

MK Dons SET and Stadium MK are very pleased to support Thames Valley Police and the work around reducing violence within the community. MK Dons SET will be working with community organisations and schools to provide education and engagement workshops around the Knife Angel sculpture to encourage young people to become anti-violence ambassadors and spread the word about keeping safe.”

Maya Joseph-Hussain CEO of the Safety Centre Charity said:

“We are honoured and excited to be working with our partners to deliver essential life saving early intervention knife crime education sessions for primary schools across Milton Keynes. Our experienced education team create safe spaces to talk about complex, sensitive subjects in an age-appropriate way. These vital conversations can save lives and we look forward to delivering our education sessions in schools and at Stadium MK this December.

The work of MK Dons SET and Safety Centre dispel the myths around knife crime and safety in Milton Keynes whilst educating primary children and young people on the risks of carrying knives and its potential consequences. Furthermore, Stadium MK, the site of the Knife Angel, will provide opportunities for groups to take part in workshops at Stadium MK across the month of December.

Throughout the month of December, Stadium MK will host a number of workshops ran in conjunction with MK Dons SET and The Safety Centre. From December 5th – December 14th students will look to become Anti Violence ambassadors with dates still available for students to make the pledge and become an anti-violence ambassador.