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Youth Violence Commission report: ‘It is now time for us all to respond’ says Bishop Peter

29th Mar 2019

The Right Revd Peter Hill, Bishop of Barking, chaired a meeting of the Waltham Forest Citizens as they launched the findings of their Youth Violence Commission report.  

The report was the compiled the findings of a 1,200 strong listening campaign conducted by Waltham Forest Citizens across the borough.

One of the recommendations from the report is to set up a mentoring scheme and train mentors for young people and their parents.  Positive mentoring relationships can transform the trajectory of young peoples’ lives by providing alternative life choices and sustainable and productive opportunities. Mentoring can also support parents, carers and families.

Bishop Peter will be working with Clergy in Waltham Forest and Church Leaders to promote mentoring training and programmes.

Bishop Peter said:

It doesn’t need to be like this! A large number of young people have been involved in this Commission. Their input has been real, raw, creative and challenging and it is now time for us all to respond.

It would be great if church members would volunteer and consider being trained for mentoring, it is such a key ongoing task and a ministry that could save lives”

An information and mentor recruitment meeting will take place at St Mary’s, Walthamstow in May.


More information 

The Diocese of Chelmsford is part of Waltham Forest Citizens - an alliance of 11 local faith and education organisations representing 12500 people in the borough.

The Commission is a collaborative response to the growing levels of violence committed by and on young people in Waltham Forest.

Read the full report: Waltham Forest Citizens Commission on the Civil Society Response to Youth Violence

The report was launched on Friday 29 March at a meeting of Waltham Forest Citizens held at Walthamstow Town Hall.  

An information and mentor recruitment meeting will take place at St Mary’s, Walthamstow in on Thursday 23rd May at 7.30 pm

If you would like to be trained as a mentor for young people and their families contact