Hope Together - exploring violence and hope

Recent news reports have highlighted the increase in violence affecting young people across London. Are you wondering how you can respond? Is there a way that together we can make a difference? Join ‘Hope Together’ a conversation to explore and share our experiences, and consider how we can respond.

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Danny Curtin
Detached work in Enfield

I started volunteering with Courtyard after attending a meeting at my local parish centre. We were a group of people wanting to make a positive difference in our community.

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Young person affirms our work

Knowing when to first say 'hello' can be nerve racking with a new group of young people. A detached team from one of our parishes recently had an uplifting experience with this, that they wanted to share.

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Joining the Courtyard team

I joined the Courtyard project as the London Project Worker in July. Part of my role is to expand the Courtyard project into five new parishes. Initially this left me thinking “how on earth do we do that?” I have started this task by doing a lot of research into parishes and their communities. I am now contacting potential parishes and from this we have so far met with one new parish to talk more about how Courtyard could work for them.

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Eleanor Bowmanstreets, parish
“We are the bad kids…”

Shying away at first, Mandy soon became comfortable enough to chat to us outside MacDonald’s, amidst her group of friends. She told us about her day, in her school’s isolation unit. When we invited her thoughts on the unit, she said that some teachers view her as one of “the bad kids”. She then admitted “I do have my moments, but really, I’m alright”.

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