Look Sharp

In partnership with the Metropolitan Police and the Harrow Youth Crime Prevention Team, Look Sharp was a 2-year project in the boroughs of Harrow and Brent, focussing on knife crime prevention through creative activities and funded by the Home Office Community Fund.

During each 10-week period of delivery, participants created an original piece of dance theatre for public presentation.

As well as teaching the basic skills of South Asian dance and music, the tutors used their art forms as communication tools to create scenarios for the young people to discuss, alter and challenge stereotypes about gangs.  The project aimed to create debate without argument, and to steer young people into their own self-discovery.

Further information on the Home Office knife crime prevention campaign can be found at
www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk/stopknifecrime/

Download the Look Sharp flyer here.

Staff feedback:

"The facilitators have all been great with the students, encouraging them to carry out the activities, and recognising that the building of positive relationships with all the students at the PRU is crucial to the success of the project."

Participant feedback

"Learning to dance was fun."

"I didn't think about gangs and knife crime before but now I understand more."

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