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Community Solutions Conference

The Nottinghamshire Community Solutions Conference

Friday 21st June 2019
9.30am to 2.45pm

The Bolero Suite, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena,
Bolero Square, Nottingham, NG1 1LA

This solutions focused event, is an interactive conference for parents, carers and the wider community around ending weapon enabled violence (specifically, knife crime) and gang related activity amongst young people. 

The conference aims to bring senior representatives from statutory agencies, key services and experts, together with parents and carers of young people who are involved in or on the periphery of knife crime.

Topics for discussion will include exploring the underlying issues, the use of social media in relation to gang activity/violence and hearing the voices of people from black and minority ethnic communities.

Panel members will have 2-3 minutes to provide an update from their respective services including concerns, gaps and successes (optional). We will be joined by special guests, Alex Beresford (ITV’s Good Morning Britain), and Sheldon Thomas (Gangsline UK).

The event will be hosted by Professor Cecile Wright (Nottingham University).

Conference aims:

  • To bring together parents, carers and members of the local community with statutory agencies and academic or other experts.
  • To be interactive, with the audience invited to ask questions, share thoughts and feedback.
  • To listen to the views of parents, carers and members of the community and enable a direct dialogue.
  • To provide an opportunity to explore the successes and progress made in tackling knife crime and build on best practice.
  • To explore how relationships between statutory agencies (such as the police, youth offending services, etc.), parents, carers and the wider community can be strengthened and improved.
  • To provide parents, carers and the wider community with information about local and national services and support.


Parents, carers and members of the wider community will:

  • feel able to identify when young people are at risk of being involved with knife crime;
  • have information about safe ways to raise concerns and get advice and support;
  • have the confidence to report concerns and seek support;
  • be reassured that agencies will work with parents and communities to keep young people safe.


The outcome of the event is to produce a community led report and strategic recommendations.

*NB: The conference will be filmed by the organisers and may be filmed/covered by visiting media. To allow wider participation in the Q & A’s the panel discussions will be streamed on the conference Facebook page @nottscommunitysolutions

 9.30am  Arrival, Refreshments, Meet and Greet
 9.50am 10.00am Marceline Powell Welcome and Introductions
Paddy Tipping - Opening Address

Panel 1 (hosted by Professor Cecile Wright (Nottingham University)

Representatives from statutory agencies/academnics:

  • Update on Nottinghamshire's Knife Crime Strategy
  • Knife Crime Needs Analysis
  • Knife Crime from a Public Health Perspective
  • Police & Community Relations (including Stop & Search)
11.00am Q & A
11.30am Workshop - How could current strategies be improved and have greater impact?
12.00pm Lunch

Panel 2 (hosted by Professor Cecile Wright)

Representatives from community sector, local communities, parents, experts:

  • Exploring the impact on families and communities (including vox pop video)
  • Who is at risk? (including social media, language, music)
  • what can we do and what support is available?
  • Where are the gaps?
1.30pm Q & Q
2.00pm Workshop - What can we do to take this forward?
2.30pm Closing remarks
2.45pm Conference Close - Networking/Engagement/Advice
5.00pm Event Ends


If you need any further details, please contact:-

This is a ticket only event.  All enquiries should be directed to:

 Marceline Powell, Powell & Barns Group
(on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner)

 Email: info@powellandbarnsmedia.com
Telephone: 0203 7741262 / 07473 694983


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