Increase the Peace
Increase the Peace (ITP) is an initiative established in 2008, following a donation from Safer Gloucester to promote peace and divert young people away from anti-social behaviour (ASB), gun and knife crimes, and gang affiliation. Its initial aim was to increase community spirit and promote the positive effects of urban music, by encouraging young people to express their feelings on crime and ASB through music. A CD was recorded by talented local youths and quickly sold out. This led to various live performances both locally and nationally.These initiatives continue today.
In 2010, ITP performers were invited to take part in a Hungarian festival as part of a Youth Exchange. It proved so successful that further events were organised for subsequent years.
Youth Peace Project
The Youth Peace Project (YPP) was established as a subsidiary of ITP in 2011. The youth club runs several times each week – Monday to Wednesday, between 4.00pm and 6.00pm providing resources for Juniors (aged 7-12) and on Thursday for Seniors (aged 12-21). Activities include sport, music, dance, arts and crafts, cookery and educational workshops.
Early in 2012, several meetings were held between ITP, Gloucester City Homes and the Police to discuss ASB. The result was the implementation of Peace Pedalers, a group of youth workers who target specific areas of Gloucester in order to talk to groups of young people. HGT supports and funds ITP initiatives and the Peace Pedalers to help further the aims of this vital link in the community. Click Here For More Information
ITP also works closely with local primary schools, local authorities, youth providers and the police to provide early intervention to encourage a life free from ASB and crime. It also helps young people build confidence and provides social, emotional and behavioural support. Youth workers from ITP are renowned for their inspirational and motivational approach.
In September 2013, ITP became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with official charitable status (number: 1153861). The aim of the charity is to help and educate young people, particularly, but not exclusively through their educational and leisure-time activities, to develop their physical, emotional, social and behavioural capabilities. A further aim is to ensure these individuals mature with improved conditions of life and to support other charitable purposes in the local community.
Project Manager – Delroy Ellis
Assistant Project Manager – Berni Buchanan