Ask Me about Gangs Ambassador

The ‘Ask Me About Gangs’ service deployed its first Ambassadors this autumn as part of the Borough Council’s gang prevention programme. The new service builds on two recent successes; a similar project promoted by Women’s Aid supporting victims of domestic violence, and the positive impact of the Streetbase peer support network run by young people, for young people, in Waltham Forest.

A dozen ‘Ask Me’ advisers are now working across the borough, with a second cohort due to go live in January.  Successes include signposting several young people away from gang involvement to local organisations and support groups. However, the ‘Ask Me’ Service is more than an adult led outreach service looking to support young people and families at risk of gang or youth violence. The ‘Ask Me’ team has also built, with young people in the borough, an online resource answering commonly asked questions about gang and county lines issues, allowing young people to ask further questions about issues that concern them and compiling an up to date, database of the key support services in Waltham Forest.

Jonathan Green, one of the Directors of ‘We Can Work It Out’, who are leading the work, said “We are delighted to be working with the Council to offer a positive alternative for young people in the borough.”

Anyone interested in becoming an Ask Me Ambassador should be 18 years and over, with approximately 4 hours to volunteer each month. Expressions of interest can be made via the website – www.ask-me.org.

The FAQs, “Ask Us” and Community Directory can also be easily found on the site. Anyone who is involved with a community organisation which is currently not included in the Directory, can arrange for details to be added by emailing the We Can Work It Out Team at info@wecanworkitout.co.uk  or via the team’s Facebook page - www.facebook.com/AskUsAboutGangs