SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE ON EAST AND SOUTH LONDON ESTATES WHO ARE DISADVANTAGED THROUGH GUN AND KNIFE CRIME.

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Take Aim Shoot - Paul’s story

“My name is Paul and I live in Lambeth, London. At the age of five I didn’t know what was going on around me. It was when I started primary school I started to see what London life was about.

My older brother used to get arrested nearly four times a week. My mother kicked him out of the house because she felt he was a big influence on me. I believe kicking him out made it worse because our brotherhood friendship grew even stronger.

Before I knew it I was following in my brother’s footstep. I started stealing in primary school, having fights and even getting suspended and expelled. My Mother and Father both tried their best to get me to understand but I rebelled against everything they said. I decided to finish with education. I didn’t attend secondary school or even college.

I have been arrested for grievous body harm (GBH) and for drugs. My brother who was running around causing trouble is now in prison for a very long time. I don’t want my life to turn out like that.

I was thinking what to do when a friend told me about Positive View and since then my life has taken a turn. We first started with photography but after the course you realize they are willing to help us achieve our goals as long as we are willing to dedicate ourselves to achieving them.“