Working alongside Get Away‘ N' Get Safe (GANGS), which was founded by former probation officer James Riley in 2016, the PL Kicks sessions focused on educating, inspiring and empowering local young people to take control of their future and reject the gang lifestyle.
Using expertise and experience gained from working with urban street gangs and organised crime groups, James educated the young people on the dangers and consequences of gang culture and its impact on their families and the wider community.
The PL Kicks programme has also continued its successful relationship with the charity Street Doctors, a Liverpool-born nationwide scheme run by medical students. PL Kicks participants attended interactive Street Doctors sessions aimed at equipping young people with the skills to administer immediate first aid in a medical emergency – in particular, injuries sustained from knife or gun attacks.
Encouraging local young people to make positive lifestyle choices is a key focus of the PL Kicks programme, and plans for further workshops in 2018 are already underway.