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No Limits launches knife crime campaign

Next week No Limits is launching a campaign to reduce the number of knives being carried by young people in the city by highlighting the dangers of carrying a knife and encouraging young people to talk to someone about their fears of violent crime, rather than resort to carrying a weapon for protection.

The campaign, which is part of our Violence Reduction work funded by Southampton City Council and Hampshire Police, reassures young people that 99% of their peers don't carry a knife and explains how carrying a knife escalates the threat of violence to themselves and others.

The campaign, 'Carry Respect, Not a Knife', closely follows No Limits' recent support work in Southampton schools raising awareness of the consequences of carrying a knife, which we delivered alongside knife crime expert Dean Coady, OBE.

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Tara's Story

17-year-old Tara (not her real name) is caring for her mum who has depression while also being the primary carer for her younger brother who has hyper-sensory inssues and ADHD. Often Tara takes on the primary caring role for her other younger siblings as well as managing the household. She was experiencing severe anxiety and low moods, which were leading to self-harm and becoming a barrier to engaging at college and with friends.

No Limits worked with Tara, her mum and her colleague to put in a full package of practical and emotional support. She is receiving support for historical trauma, is attending counselling, has joined a No Limits respite group and a therapueitc group for anxiety. Tara has managed to stay at college and now she feels happier at home.

Anger Gremlins

Our Primary Mental Health Workers have been encouraging our young people to use Play Doh to make anger gremlins.

The young people shaped and moulded their anger gremlin to help them express their feelings and explore how their emotions change when they're feeling angry.

Primary Mental Health Workers support young people aged 11-18 who are experiencing emotional or low-level mental health difficulties. They provide support with anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, low mood, anger, body image, self-esteem and bullying.

No Limits Champions

Next month we will be launching our No Limits Champions scheme to encourage regular and flexible donations which we can be spent where there is the most need – and there is a lot of need! No Limits Champions will receive a Welcome Pack when they join, an annual invitation to a special supporter’s event with our CEO and a copy of our annual Impact Report.

Many of you are already champions through your volunteering – but if you have friends you think you could persuade, please do tell them about the new scheme. For those of you without the time to volunteer, please do think about becoming a Champion. Just £3 a month could pay for toiletries for a homeless young person or a trip out for a young carer with their volunteer befriender.

Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

ABP Southampton 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon
Sunday 26th April

If you're looking to take on a new challenge in 2020, then we would love to encourage you to sign up to run the 2020 ABP Southampton Marathon, half marathon or 10K on Sunday 26th April in aid of No Limits. This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and raise money for a fantastic cause.

The cost of your ticket is free of charge if you choose to run with us, all we ask is that you raise a minimum of £100 per runner for the 10K, £150 per runner for the half marathon or £200 for the marathon.

To find out more and to sign up, contact: phone 02380 224 224

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