Community talks addressing youth violence in Deptford

22 Jul 2019
This August The Midi Music Company launches REAL TALK, a series of three community talks took place at in Deptford, South East London.
REAL TALK opens up conversation to support the local community in understanding the issues of youth violence in an open and supportivespace, to share thoughts and experiences while working together for solutions and positive change.
Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in Deptford and the surrounding areas, was invited to attend.
Talks take place over 2 hours and consisted of guest speakers, local experts, an experience-sharing session and a musical performance from a MMC artist.
Prior to each REAL TALK, between 4pm and 6pm, award winning psychotherapist Glenda D Roberts offered drop-in 1:1 sessions with Just Talk 2019, to anyone who would like to talk confidentially about their experiences, fears or concerns in a private setting.
The REAL TALK series concluded with the development of the Deptford Pledge, a community-defined promise of how we will support one another and put an end to youth violence.
Wednesday 14th August 2019
Young People and Policing
What is ‘serious youth violence’ and why have we seen a rise of violence within our communities?
What effect is youth violence having on us, as young people, parents and community members?
Guest speakers
Nickiesha Barnett, Lewisham Crime Reduction Team & William Willson,Former Trident, MET Police & Founder of Flipping Youth Princes Trust International.
Q&A: with a young person affected by crime.
Wednesday 21st August 2019
Young People and Community
Are young people being mis-represented in the media? A discussion on race, gender and community.
How can we celebrate youth and counter stereotypes and negativity?
Guest speakers
Sheeba Montserrat, STAGE 7 & Beverley Glean MBE, Founder & Artistic Director, IRIE! dance theatre.
Wednesday 28th August 2019
Young People, Opportunity and Enterprise
The opportunities available to us in music, creative industries, sport and business
The creation of the Deptford pledge
Guest speakers
Wozzy Brewster OBE FRSA, Founder and Executive Director of MMC, & Cephas Williams Founder and Director, Drummer Boy Studio & 56 Black Men Campaign.