Knife crime and the devastating impact this is having on lives is never far from the headlines today. Something must change, so the No More Knives tour is heading into high schools across Manchester to show young people there is another way.
Being run by The Message in partnership with Mo Timbo, Greater Manchester Police, Social Beingz and ROC, the tour’s vision is to see our streets rid of knife crime for good.
Combining music with powerful stories and teaching, lessons and assemblies are run in schools that equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to say no to knives and help them discover their full value and identity.
Pastor Mo Timbo is helping head the tour up, having already seen the positive impact the tour can make having pioneered it in Hull and Humberside with Kayleigh Pepper and PCC, Hull. Having grown up in a tough estate in Peckham, Mo found himself caught up in gang crime at a young age and has seen the devastation of knife crime first-hand. Having left his old life behind he’s now passionate about seeing knives put down for good. Mo says: ‘We’re facing a very real battle at the moment. More and more young people are choosing to arm themselves without realising the lifelong impact this could have on them and countless others. Knives are not the way, and we want every young person across Manchester to hear this and to be equipped with the skills they need to say no to knives and resolve situations without aggression. It’s not too late, but we need to act now and it’s for this reason I’m so passionate about the No More Knives tour and am excited about it being here in Manchester.’
The first week of No More Knives Manchester tour took place in Moss Side in January, with the team and police taking their message of saying no to knives into Trinity High School and Manchester Academy. Liam Horrigan, Vice Principal of Manchester Academy, said these were ‘the best external team and presentation I’ve seen delivered in a lesson in my 25 years of teaching.’
Working with police teams across Greater Manchester it is hoped to roll the tour out across the whole city reaching tens of thousands of young people with the message of saying no to knives and seeing youth culture changed for good. Further tours are already being planned.
If you’d like your local high school included, please do get in touch by calling 0161 946 2300 or email [email protected]