Lives Not Knives

The Public Gallery: When is an endorsement not an endorsement?

Posted on September 25th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Boris, a Black livetweet and a brush with controversy as Barwell joins battle for Croydon Central

So who endorsed Gavin Barwell this week?

Gavin Barwell’s campaign launch on Monday was a glitzy, well-put-together affair. Tory operatives were milling around the refurbished Arnhem Gallery in matching blue t-shirts. The blue in question is a pleasing, light shade with a hint of green – no prizes … Read More »

Free live music event at LNK unit tomorrow

Posted on July 25th, by The Croydon Citizen in CronxWire. No Comments

Tomorrow the LNK unit will play host to a free live music event for the community called ‘Positive Summer Vibes’. The event promises to include food, debating and live graffiti as well as performances from several local artists.

Location: Lives Not Knives unit, Centrale

Time: 10am – 6pm

Entry: Free

Release begins: 

Young People are putting on a Free Live Music Event for … Read More »

Lives Not Knives hosts tech day during London Technology Week

Posted on June 30th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Lives Not Knives held a technology packed day during London Technology Week. The aim was to get young people more aware of the technology they use. Pupils could build robots for a stop animation video, try out a 3D printer, see how an app is created and hear from an array of speakers on career paths, working in tech or starting their own business. 

Release begins: The LNK … Read More »

The Conservative Future of Croydon

Posted on April 29th, by James Thompson in Politics & Society. 17 comments

Coulsdon East Conservative candidate James Thompson is proud that Croydon’s right wingers are getting younger

As the local elections continue to heat up in the coming weeks, 2014 looks set to be a real tussle between the Conservatives and Labour for who wins control of Croydon Council. Looking further ahead, 2018 could be an even more significant election for our town.

This year, there … Read More »

Is it too late to stop knife crime?

Posted on April 28th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As Croydon recovers from a spate of recent knife-related incidents, Shaniqua Benjamin reflects on how deeply young people are affected by knife culture

In January, the Croydon community was rocked by the news of six stabbings in just ten days, including that of a 12-year-old boy. This month, two other stabbings have taken place within less than a week. On 19th April, a man in … Read More »

Meet Eliza, Founder of Lives Not Knives

Posted on March 5th, by Becca Taylor in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Becca Taylor introduces Eliza Rebeiro and explains how she and Lives Not Knives are combating youth violence in Croydon

The recent news of six stabbings in ten days, with the youngest victim being just 12 years old, sent shockwaves across Croydon, and no doubt brought back memories for Lives Not Knives team Eliza Rebeiro and her mum, Monique. Expelled from school as a young teen, … Read More »

My ‘First Birthday’ at Croydon Tech City

Posted on February 10th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin reflects on the use of networking and Croydon Tech City’s first birthday

“Network, network, network!” emphasised Croydon Tech City’s co-founder Nigel Dias at their 2014 launch. In fact, it was networking that resulted in me being at Matthews Yard for the first time.

I have been attending an employability programme that is put on by the charity, Lives Not Knives. This programme … Read More »

Lives Not Knives at Digital Summer Camp

Posted on September 9th, by Lives Not Knives in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

The Lives Not Knives team reports back on how to guide Croydon’s children into the digital future


As a result of attending the Financial Times Hackday through #Croydon #TechCity, Lives Not Knives was offered an opportunity to have a community stand at the Digital Summer Camp this year, held at the Hackney Community College.

It was early in the morning on Friday – surprisingly chilly considering … Read More »

Dives not knives: fundraising in freefall

Posted on July 29th, by Lives Not Knives in Politics & Society. No Comments

One Lives Not Knives volunteer describes the day that the team jumped from a flying plane to raise funds

When I first started volunteering with Lives Not Knives, I never thought that I would be hurtling out of an aeroplane towards the ground at somewhere around 120 miles per hour. Needless to say, working at LNK has certainly been a different experience to my previous … Read More »