Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is working with the family and friends of James Brindley who was fatally stabbed in Aldridge two years ago to stage a knife awareness/safeguarding event on Tuesday 17 September aimed at professionals and young people.
This event will be split into three parts and the two daytime sessions will be aimed at frontline staff here as well as our partners at the council, police, WMAS and other organisations that come into contact with young people in the borough including schools. As well as hearing from James’s parents and the James Brindley Foundation established as a legacy, there will be a slot from Street Teams about some of the grooming/coercion signs to look out for which staff will find useful as parents as well as professionals and we’ll be hearing from a former gang member too. The police will explain some of the preventative work they’re involved in and will also do some myth busting.
From 6pm-8pm on that day we will be holding a session that is aimed specifically at young people and we have support from the local community including the boxing community for this element as well as all the people involved in the day sessions. We are also hoping to link up with Youth of Walsall. We want to create a real buzz around this element of the event that will be totally tailored to young people.
We want to reach as many as possible to invite them to come along which is why we are writing to schools to ask for your support in spreading the word – particularly as the summer holidays are about to get underway. If you could possibly mention this in assemblies or via text to parents would be a huge help.
We’re working to turn a small café area into a mini cinema to show a short film of James’s parents and will be giving attendees popcorn just as an incentive for watching . We’ve also teamed up with local boxers who can be around to talk to young people about how they’ve been helped to focus through taking up a sport/pastime and hope to have a stand with career advice.
We are trying to get as many freebies as possible on the night so are trying to source cinema tickets, meal vouchers that kind of thing. And we’re going to put everyone who attends into a prize draw to win something like a TV or Xbox.
We want to know what else might persuade young people to come along and have asked Walsall College for support too. Throughout the day and evening there will be information stands from support agencies in our main atrium and we will provide two confidentiality rooms should any young person wish to have a private chat. The stands will also feature information about opportunities available for young people in the borough.
If you would like any more information or would like to attend one of the daytime sessions or send a member of staff along, please let me know via email. The session times, in the Sister Dora Theatre of the Manor Learning and Conference Centre at Walsall Manor Hospital, are as follows:
6pm-8pm (young people only)
Many thanks for your support for this important event.
Senior Communications and Engagement Manager
Communications & Marketing
Tel: 01922 721172 ext: 7533
Mobile: 07792 362831
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Walsall Manor Hospital, Moat Road, Walsall West-Midlands, WS2 9PS.