A group committed to reducing knife crime on Fife’s streets is entering a joint venture with youth workers and young people – while its founder could be set for an award.
Co-ordinators from No Knives In Fife have been engaging in an outreach project with a youth group in Methil and also hope to join detached youth workers out on Levenmouth’s streets through the summer.
Meanwhile, group chairman Amanda Scott has been short-listed for a Kingdom FM Local Hero award.
The mum-of-three launched NKIF in April last year and the group now has over 5800 members on Facebook.
Many people were in favour of a charity or support group for Fife, with a number of supporters having had direct experience of knife crime and its consequences.
NKIF is dedicated to an educational process to advise and help people – including youngsters of primary school age – to think more about the possible repercussions of carrying bladed weapons, with the plea to think about lives, not knives.
It’s great for NKIF to be nominatedAmanda Scott
Amanda, of Kennoway, said members had recently begun engaging with Original Youth, a young people’s group which meets at the Sailors Rest Centre in Methil.
Talking and sharing experiences with them had been very beneficial to both, said Amanda, as each was able to inform the other about a number of issues.
NKIF had been finding out about matters such as housing, what areas the young people came from, links between drugs and alcohol and knife crime, and motivations for the youth disorder that periodically blighted local streets.
NKIF also hoped to have one-to-one talks with youngsters who had previously been charged with knife crime, or were unschooled or isolated, she added.
Over the summer holidays, they hope to put that knowledge to good use as they team up with detached youth workers, who go out and about on local streets and talk to young people in their own environment about a range of issues.
Amanda also said she was “over the moon” to be short-listed for the Local Hero award, with the ceremony at the Rothes Halls in August.
“It was a shock to start with,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if we win or don’t win – it’s great for NKIF to be nominated for something like that.”