Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wednesday 3rd June 6pm

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Cross Culture Mission Charity Launch

I was invited to attend this official launch of a new charity based on the Roundshaw Estate in Wallington. The aim of the charity is to divert young people away from gun and knife crime. Their motto is unity in diversity. Our local MP Tom Brake had also been invited to the launch and we had the opportunity to speak to the founder of the charity about its work. The charity had been operating for six months and encouraged young people to become involved in creative activities particularly music. Instrument sessions were made available to those who were interested in practising their drumming, guitar or keyboard skills. The charity also holds a monthly youth café based at the Amy Johnson school which was proving very popular with young people on the estate.

 We were then treated to a talent show showcasing performances from a number of young people from the area, together with special guests from Brixton. The performances were of high quality and it proved an entertaining evening.

 I then had the opportunity to speak to some of the young people who had become involved with the charity projects and who were also keen skateboarders. This was useful for me to discuss the Local Committee’s plans for a skatepark on the estate and to solicit ideas about the kind of equipment they would like.

I also chatted to some of the charity volunteers about their work and plans for the future.

In its first six months the charity has evidently had some success engaging local young people and I hope it will continue.

 The mission has a website with more information: www.crossculturemission.co.uk

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August 9, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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