WE ARE THE  GODWIN LAWSON FOUNDATION

WORKING TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND KNIFE CRIME

HELPING BUILD BRIGHTER FUTURES FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE

    WORKING WITH PARTNERS CREATING SAFER COMMUNITIES

BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER!

WE WORK  WITH SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS

UNDERTAKE KEY RESEARCH TO INFORM WORK IN THE FIELD

AND CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE

WHO ARE WE?

The Godwin Lawson Foundation (GLF) is a registered charity founded in 2012 by Yvonne and Calvin Lawson to commemorate the life of their son, Godwin Lawson. Godwin was stabbed in the street in Stamford Hill, trying to prevent two of his old school friends from being attacked by four young men. He was just 17.

Following his tragic death, Yvonne began researching gangs and knife crime. Shocked by its scale and impact, she became determined that Godwin’s legacy should be something to help keep young people safe, and prevent other families having to go through the pain and loss that hers had suffered.

Our aim is to reduce gun and knife crime by encouraging young people to identify their talents and fulfill their potential through providing positive opportunities so that they can avoid gang life and develop their capabilities as members of a tolerant society.

HOW WE ARE MAKING AN IMPACT

Young people reached for 3 Boroughs Project

Number of People who took part in Memorial Peace March

People trained as Peace Ambassadors

Boys & girls , 10 football clubs in GLF & Tottenham Hotspur Tournament

WHAT DO WE DO?

Schools & Colleges

We work to help develop a greater awareness of the effect of knife crime through presentations, workshops, drama and discussions.

Empowering Girls Project

We work with vulnerable young women at risk of becoming involved with or being exploited by gangs in Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

Peace Ambassadors

Our successful peer to peer mentoring programme providing positive role models from within the community with whom young people can identify

Community Sports

We provide opportunities for young people to participate in sporting events that we organise in collaboration with other community organisations.

 Latest Research

In response to the rise in knife crime and knife carrying in the Borough, Haringey Council have commissioned the Godwin Lawson Foundation to carry out a research programme to:

• Explore local young people’s issues relating to carrying of knives and knife crime, including Education, Prevention, Early Intervention, Targeted Support, Deterrence, Disruption and Detection

• Identify specific factors which young people deemed to facilitate/inhibit involvement in knife crime and knife activity

The final report is to feed into the development of a local crime action programme. The aim was to speak directly to young people who live in the Borough and who are at risk.

The process was aimed at finding out what their attitudes and expectations are, and to identify from them what they think should be done to deal with the problems knife carrying leads to.

The findings of this research have shown that knife carrying is a wider problem than has previously been thought; girls are involved as well as boys and, as involvement can start with children as young as seven years old, effective intervention has to be considerably earlier than it has been up until now.

It was felt interventions should be targeted at those who have low self-control and other factors contributory factors to their instability, such as a positive attitude to offending. We include the SVAS table of risk factors for serious violence as a comprehensive list. Knife carrying is accepted as normal by many young people, and even if young people do not themselves carry, they are unlikely to get involved in dissuading friends who do carry. Personal experiences of knife crime, particularly seeing deaths, are traumatic, but for many knife crime/carrying is so normal, that they seem desensitised to the problems. Read more here

Eastenders

For the first time in BBC’S EastEnders history, Friday’s episode was shaped from real-life accounts of families who have lost loved ones to knife crime in London. Yvonne Lawson founder of The Godwin Lawson Foundation was approached by EastEnders producers to take part in the special instalment which was aired on BBC ONE. We hope that the EastEnders storyline will encourage parents to have a conversation with their children about their personal safety, as the storyline of Shakil’s murder in EastEnders is not just a storyline, it happens in real-life. Please watch Godwin’s story here.

Yvonne tells her story

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LATEST NEWS

Every Life Matters Faith Event

Every Life Matters Faith Event

It was great to attend the Easter Faith event at City Hall which was themed around Every Life Matters. We met so may people from the fire service, ambulance, police, faith groups and other organisations who are working together to help reduce knife crime.An exhibition...

More Children Pledge Never to Carry a Knife

More Children Pledge Never to Carry a Knife

Over 80 year 6s children from Honilands Primary School learned about the impact of knife crime and safeguarding themselves today from Yvonne and the Team as they move into secondary schools. And they have pledged never to carry a knife...

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