EMBARGOED until 7th December 2018
Damilola Taylor Trust commemorates the 18th Anniversary of Damilola’s Death
Norton Rose Fulbright 3 More London Riverside SE1 2AQ
Friday December 7th 2018 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm
On 7 December 2018 Damilola Taylor Trust, the charity set up as a memorial to Damilola, will be staging the third Damilola Taylor Memorial Lectures. Longstanding Supporters of the Damilola Taylor Trust, global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, will host the event for the third consecutive year. The keynote speaker is Karyn McCluskey the founder of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).
The Damilola Taylor Memorial Lecture is an advocacy activity designed to keep the issue of youth violence and its destructive impact on the life chances of youths high on the public agenda. The theme of this year’s lecture is, “promoting the new way forward for the ultimate solution to violence reduction”.
MEET THE SCOTTISH VIOLENCE REDUCTION UNIT – Violent London a New Way Forward
The Damilola Taylor Trust are delighted to be supported by the All-Party Parliamentary Commission into youth violence in organising this year’s Damilola Taylor Memorial Lectures.
The Youth Violence Commission conducted a two-year evidence based review into the root causes of the violence affecting our young people and at the interim report stage saw policy shifts from both the London Mayor’s office and the Government.
Much of the work had been focused on the success achieved in Scotland hence we are excited to have the two co-founders of the Scottish Violence reduction Unit (VRU) joining us as guest speakers and panellists for our audience Q&A session. The current VRU Director Niven Reed will join Karyn McCluskey and John Carnochan OBE.
The VRU was launched in 2005 with a ten year plan to treat violence as a disease based on the principles of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its success has been remarkable. In 2017 not a single young life was lost in Scotland as a result of violence.
Richard Taylor said, “People will remember that when Damilola died 18 years ago, it was a tragedy that shocked the entire United Kingdom. “What has society come to?” we ask, now it is such an everyday occurrence that young people kill each other. I am delighted that the All-Party Parliamentary commission has highlighted the new way forward of adopting the public health approach to treating violence as a disease. I am also delighted that the pioneers of this approach in the UK, the Scottish Violence Reduction unit, are able to join us here in London for our memorial event alongside the Parliamentary Commission.
“With the Government and the Mayor of London both adopting the Commission’s policy recommendations this has given the DTT the drive needed for the planning of our 20th anniversary VISION OF CHANGE Peace Concert in 2020 in collaboration with a range of charity and media partners. The campaign leading up to the anniversary peace concert will rely upon the use of the governmental public health strategy to achieve the target of at least a 50% reduction in the current levels of youth violence devastating London by the end of 2020”.
Karyn McCluskey said, “We are thrilled to be able to join the Damilola Taylor Trust for this commemorative event. We all remember the tragedy. There have been far too many tragedies since. Damilola captured the heart of the nation though, and the work Richard and the Trust have done to help young people ever since is so commendable. I hope we can contribute to a wonderful occasion”.
Chair of the Parliamentary Commission on Youth Violence Vicky Foxcroft said, “I am so happy that Richard asked us to support tonight’s event. The changes in policy announced by the Home Office and the Mayor of London are we hope, indicative of the evidence the commission has produced and that in no small part was down to the Scottish VRU team so to share this event with them is a fitting way to commemorate the occasion.”
The event will take place at the offices of global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ. More information can be found at: www.damilolataylortrust.co.uk
The Damilola Taylor Trust was established in 2001 to provide inner-city youths with opportunities to play, learn and live their lives free of fear and violence. It delivers projects to keep young people off the streets and provide them with improved life chances. Please contact Gary Trowsdale by email at Gary@solafoundation.org.uk or by phone on 07507 747784 for further enquiries.