We are a non-profit organisation created with the ultimate aim of reducing serious youth violence: Knife crime, gun crime and gangs by engaging the youthful minds of today. We deem education as vital in order to achieve our goals offering a variety of educational routes to inform young people about the risk of serious youth violence. All routes have two main topics, knife crime and Gun crime/gangs and start with an engagement session to allow students to decide some of the non-mandatory topics of decision.
This workshop is generally aimed at individuals who are deemed “high risk”. This could be determined by teachers, parents, carers and professionals who are worried about a child becoming involved in serious youth violence. We have created this workshop from research, recommendations and life experiences. We believe any child can change their mindset and find their own alternative, so we restrict this module to six students at a time in order to optimise engagement.
This workshop concentrates on the statistics behind knife and crime and investigates whether the severity of the problem is emphasised in the media. We define what is fact and what is fiction.
During this workshop, we will look at what conflict is, what causes it and the stages of escalation. We will then discuss techniques of de-escalation which can be used to resolve conflict.
Everyone understands that knife crime is on the rise but how much devastation can it cause? This workshop brings the severity into perspective. You will find out about victims and the consequences of knife crime offences by hearing from a newly released convict.
This unique module focuses on self-confidence and motivation. We explore the importance of having the right mindset in order to succeed. We look at the different types of mindset, examples of adopting the right mindset and the importance of choosing an influential role model.
We take young people on a journey from the start of a gang life (membership by initiation or accidental membership) through the middle (The reality of being in a gang) and then the end (Jail, death or starting from scratch). Before finishing with 1TEN Mindset, we look at successful mindsets and how they can be applied to everyday life.
Highlighting the issues to a larger group has its benefits as it allows us to sift through the facts and myths of knife, gun and gang crime to leave students more aware. However our research found that engagement is low during these sessions. Therefore, we look at real life examples and provide concepts NOT answers, which leaves the students with something to think about.
This module is recommended for young people at high risk but are unable to engage in group activities. We incorporate knife, gun and gang crime and attain advice from a mentor that has already taken that route but found that there is always an alternative.
Our ground up approach to training allows for thought provoking material to help professionals spot early signs and contact the relevant people, but most importantly see things from the young person’s point of view. Our topics include: Knife crime, Gun crime and gangs, CCE/County Lines
We utilise actual experiences and relevant case studies to unpick and explore the harsh realities and severe consequences of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE): county lines, gang involvement and serious youth violence. Parents/carers will come away knowing the vocabulary and terms young people use, how to speak with young people about issues, early indicators, how to track involvement and where to get the right help from.
Our work with people that have felt the impact first hand of serious youth violence has enabled us to gain great knowledge on the issues. Giving greater depth, the engagement with young people and their feedback, means that we are able to think about the issue from the young person’s point of view. So, we thought it would be useful to combine the two points of view and collate information into a booklet for your use.
We have some fantastic news for you all. We are planning our first project, an American Football team. We are looking for: Players aged 11-16, Mentors aged 17-24,Helpers/coaches aged 25+
If you want to get involved or your child maybe interested, drop us a message.
We have created the pen pal project for kids to help promote good mental health and well-being, make new friends and improve hand writing. If you want your child to get involved drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org, a message on Facebook; Always an Alternative or Instagram; @AAAMINDSET with the following information:
*Parents full name
*Child's first name or nickname
Pals will be matched on school year or age. A letter of advice will be given out to patents along with 2 stamps, 2 envelopes and 2 cool stickers.
Our podcast discuss' serious youth violence (knife crime, gun crime and domestic violence) and the impact it has on our families, friends and communities.
We also discuss gang crimes, unpicking the mind of individuals that went down the wrong path to discover the pivotal point which enabled them to change their lives around.
Real talk from real people, we're sure you will enjoy.
Have you, a family member or friend of someone been affected by knife crime or gun crime? Then we would love to hear from you. Not only us, but the young people we work with. We have an excellent project that has been found to help grieving and you will increase the chances of saving a young people’s life.
If you have been involved in knife crime, gun crime or a gangster we want your story to be heard. There will be a young person somewhere that will hear your story and decide against taking the wrong path. Maybe you could help them realise that there is always an alternative!
As a non-profit organisation any donations would be extremely beneficial and we would be very grateful. Not only will it allow us to extend our help to an abundance of people YOU directly will be helping achieve our goal in reducing youth violence making the streets safer for all. So please any donation would be welcomed, thank you.
Our Founder Anthony is the creator of Sheffield’s most successful anti-knife crime campaign #KEEPSHEFFIELDSTAINLESS. The campaign is has reached over 200 students up to date. To help increase our reach to young people nationwide we will be using the campaign to ensure success. Find out more on what we offer here: www.keepsheffieldstainless.co.uk.
I’m Anthony the founder of Always An Alternative. I created this charity to help young people, to help educate them on life choices. I didn’t have the best up bringing and started out on the back foot. Due to a lack of role models, I unfortunately looked up to the wrong kind of people. This led me down the wrong path, but I didn’t have anyone telling me what was wrong from right so I presumed it was right. But I didn’t like it, I did not like the feeling, I wanted to change.
So I went to University and studied Computer networks. The hardest result I got was when I was told I was dyslexic. So I went away researched it and taught myself how to learn. It must have worked because I finished with a 1st, went on to complete my Masters in advanced computer networks and got a distinction (The highest mark in the class). I also created two businesses whilst I was at university. But I digress, all of my journey taught me one thing: there’s always an alternative.
One of the main responsibilities we have taken on, for the good of the local people, is a free knife/weapon collection and disposal service in and around Sheffield. Our volunteers work to reduce knife crime by safely collecting weapons in an agreed location – while following police guidelines and documenting all collections.
One Knife Many Lives captures the hard-hitting story of those who feel the devastating impact of knife crime. Through personal experience and engagement with victims, the author gives you an insight into the challenges that many young people face depicting the brutal realities, while highlighting depression, domestic abuse, and suicide. Although this book is fictional, the dangers of knife crime are VERY REAL.
All profits from sales will be donated to our cause, tackling issues explored in the book.