Slough

Community mission

Save A Life.. Surrender Your Knife

7 GoodGymers made their way to help the Slough Borough Council Neighbourhood Services in Slough.

  • Slough runner
  • Manjit Birk
  • Nisha Bilkhu
  • Slough runner
  • Agnija Cimoska
  • Abdulaziz Esse
  • Dr Savi Arora
 
Friday, 20th of January 2023
 
Led by Manjit Birk

Knife crime and violence is a serious issue within our community.

The visit of the Knife Angel sculpture to Arbour Park offers the opportunity to educate and inform the community about the risks of carrying a knife and the dangers and real-life consequences.

Partners across Slough have joined forces throughout January to run education workshops, knife crime talks and public events.

At GoodGym, we volunteered for a few hours to talk to people visiting the Knife Angel, to explain the reasons behind it, answer questions and share anti-violence messages, which they can then pass onto their kids and friends.

Upton Grammar prefects from year 7 and 8 came along to see the Knife Angel and take photos and videos. They will be writing articles and doing a presentation to their assembly.

The imposing 27ft tall sculpture was made by Alfie Bradley and the British Ironwork Centre as a National Monument Against Violence and Aggression.

It has been touring the country and was brought to Slough thanks to Thames Valley Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Slough Borough Council and other partners.

The aim is to tackle violence in all its forms and to create a lasting legacy against knife crime and violent crime.

Thousands of conversations have taken place so far between members of the public, police and volunteers.

Hundreds of school children and young people have been educated on topics including knife crime, domestic abuse and bullying and more than 20 knives and weapons have been handed into police or put in the knife amnesty bin at Slough Police Station.

Families of those who have lost their lives to knife crime are among those who have visited the Knife Angel.

Today, one mother whose son was killed 20 years ago, came to visit and was visibly moved.

One parent, speaking at the opening ceremony on 10 January, said: "The social fabric of this town is very strong. We want it to be safe."

Visitors can write their message of reflection and anti-violence on a tag which will go on the fencing around the angel. Poignant messages on the tags are there to read, with the community really understanding the impact and devastation of knife crime.

It can feel like an impossible task to rid Slough of violent crime, but initiatives such as the Knife Angel really help to get the conversation started and potentially stop people from taking actions they may regret in future.

If it prevents another knife death, it can only be a good thing.

For updates on the rest of the month of action, visit www.slough.gov.uk/knifeangel

Key events coming up are a multi-faith candlelit vigil on Thursday 26 January at 7pm and a community day on Saturday 28 January.

Report written by Slough runner


Discuss this report

sign in to add a comment

Manjit Birk
Led by Manjit Birk

Area Activator for Slough....Running is my passion....Marathons to park runs and anything in between.

GoodGymers helping out
  • Report Writer

    Be in charge of writing the session report

    • Slough runner
  • Photographers

    Take photos for the session report

    • Dr Savi Arora
    • Nisha Bilkhu

Share the love

Join us on the next run

The Big Chick Knit - Helping to fill knitted chicks with eggs for Alexander Devine

Monday 18:30 - 20:15
Led by Manjit Birk
Stoke Park Trust

Find out more

Become a member

with an optional monthly donation

  • Run, walk, or cycle to help older people
  • Access sessions across the country
  • Claim your GoodGym t-shirt

Need help with a community project?

If you're a community organisation and have a physical task then we'd like to help.

Request a task

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more