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Funded by The Police Crime Commissioner

Success Stories:


It is without a doubt that violent crime and anti-social behaviour is on the rise, amongst young people in the United Kingdom. With knife attacks, county lines, and drug misuse on the rise; more is needed to be done to help influence and support young people off the streets and back onto the right path.


Estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) for the year ending June 2023 showed that:


- 34% of people had experienced or witnessed some type of anti-social behaviour (ASB).

- Knife-enabled crime recorded by the police increased by 3% (50,833 offences).

-The police recorded 6,645 offences involving firearms, a 13% increase compared to the year ending June 2022 (5,860 offences).

- There were an estimated 0.9 million violence offences.

How we will make a difference:

We believe that support, education, and the right support system can truly change the life of a young person and lead them onto the right path. Following the influence of Liverpool's "Weapons Down, Gloves Up", The Mental Shift have launched "Lives, Not Knives". 

This is a nationwide offering that works with schools, gyms, and third sector organisations to offer educational sessions and 12-week training programs. All designed to provide knowledge and insight, offer support and guidance, and give young people the best shot in life...

Who we will work with:

We have successfully built working relationships with several charities, services, and gyms across England. These include EDGE North East, the Youth Justice Service, The Childrens Society, NHS CYPS Mental Health, and gyms like Northern Kings Gym, Houghton Thai Boxing, and soon to be many more.

To make a referral please click here and one of the team will be in touch within 3 working days.


If you wish to support the program, become a partner gym, or a sponsor then please click here.

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