A community event which will focus on gang crime in Brent will take place in the New Year at the Roundwood Centre in Harlesden.
Taking place on Tuesday 17 January, the event will take the form of 'Question Time' where all members of Brent's community are invited to come along and take part in a panel discussion followed by workshops to develop real, community-led solutions to the issues raised.
Maria Arpa from the Centre for Peaceful Solutions, DJ Gussy from award-winning radio station - UK RootsFM and Dr Angela Herbert who was awarded an MBE for preventing and reducing reoffending in London will all take their seats on the panel along with Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, who will chair the event.
The event is part of the Council's wider 'It's Time to Talk' campaign which aims to empower the community to talk about difficult issues and work together to develop grassroots strategies to tackle them. Hate crime and extremism were both discussed at two successful events earlier in the year and important challenges such as child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse & harmful practices are all expected to be discussed at separate events in 2017.
Cllr Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:
"In the past year, there have been a number of serious violent incidents in Brent which have been instances of gang crime.
"We are not going to hide from this issue and pretend it doesn't exist - there is a problem in Brent with gangs. Whilst there is a lot of good work going on at the moment with our partners to tackle this issue, we know that the key to taking on gangs is to engage with our community and develop real, grassroots strategies to the issues.
"I hope that residents from all backgrounds will come along and share their ideas. We want to discuss ways to tackle the issues we are currently facing as well as getting the community's views on possible preventative measures for our young people of the future."
The event will take place on 17 January from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at the Roundwood Centre in Harlesden and tickets can be booked via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/its-time-to-talk-gangs-tickets-30243686681.