Tottenham's peaceful solutions initiatives achieve national recognition at Community Project Awards

21 July 2010

Youth anger management project receives £1,000 funding boost


A Tottenham-based project that teaches young people anger management skills to deal with life on the streets has been awarded a £1,000 prize at this year’s Community Project Awards.

Peaceful Solutions was named as a finalist selected from 82 projects that were nominated from across the UK for demonstrating how churches engage with social initiatives within the community.

The project took place over a week earlier this yearand was instigated by local young people as a way of mediating violence in the area. Project leader Lorraine Downer-Mattis was presented with the award by national church and home insurer Congregational & General, at the United Reformed Church General Assembly recently held in Loughborough.

Lorraine said: “Young people from Haringey and the surrounding boroughs attended this week-long session, with a separate weekend session for adults. For many of them violence is a regular occurrence in their communities, and so the project sought to discover and practice peaceful means of resolving conflict through mediation skills with and amongst young people. We also helped them look at ways they could find forgiveness.

“The project was a success and around 30 young people attended in total. This award will now enable us to fund a second weekend in November to continue to address this important issue.”

Congregational & General Insurance Marketing Manager, Margaret Slater, said: “We place a strong focus on supporting community initiatives such as Peaceful Solutions that really make a difference and unite people of all backgrounds. The work done by Lorraine and the young people involved in this project is very deserving and their courage and desire to tackle violence should be seen as an inspiration to people everywhere.”

Val Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC), and one of the judges added: “The standard of entries at this year’s Community Awards was very high, and each of the prize winning organisations have made a real impact in their local area – showing God at work in small details and large visionary projects. We are absolutely delighted that so many impressive, life-giving projects have grown out of local URC congregations and we’re proud to provide Peaceful Solutions with their well-deserved cash prize and hope that this funding boost will enable them to continue their important community work.”