We are Safer London, the leading London charity working to prevent and address gang violence, vulnerability and exploitation among young people. This is our history.
We were born in 2005, set up with a grant from the Metropolitan Police Authority providing core funding to support young people at risk of crime. For over a decade we have worked to reduce violence and crime, promote gender equality and healthy relationships, and seek to find young people genuine alternatives to gangs and crime.
Our collaboration with the Met set us off to a great start – expert knowledge and guidance to support our charitable aims, over 120 crime prevention projects supporting young people, and the honour of having HRH the Prince of Wales as our Patron.
Following the riots of 2011, we decided to change our model of operation and stepped down as the Met’s charitable arm – we went from a grant giving organisation to one of direct delivery. We decided these changes would allow us to respond better to the needs of young people and help us fill in gaps within the sector where there were no services being provided.
We are very proud of our early beginnings.
Since going it alone we have helped tens of thousands of young people escape the dangers of gangs, crime, and exploitation – but not only that – we have equipped them with the skills to make the right choices going forward so they can be the best that they can be.