Uprising join Police to support knife crime awareness message

12th March 2019

Rob shared his story with 8,000 young people in schools across Ashford.

Rob started working for Uprising in December 2018. As an active member of a London gang throughout his youth Rob spent a number of years in prison. Years later, Rob turned his life around and wanted to share his experience with other young people in the hope that they wouldn’t make the same mistakes he made.  Rob was given the opportunity to do this in partnership with Ashford Police as part of their knife crime awareness campaign, ‘Op Jump’. Thoughout February and March Rob’s presentation was given in schools and heard by 8,000 young people, with a number of knives handed in to the police as a result.

Rob on BBC Breakfast

Rob’s open and honest discussions about his past decisions and their consequences struck a chord with the media, especially in the current climate and rise in knife crime. Rob appeared on ITV Meridian and subsequently has appeared on major media networks including BBC Breakfast,BBC Radio London and Radio 5 Live.

Rob shared his message of hope on the Jeremy Vine Show.

Going forward we are looking at other ways we can support young people and the challenges they face around carrying knife’s and knife crime in general.