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The intergenerational work arises in part from the tragic loss of Filipe Oliveira, who was murdered in Tulse Hill in April 2023, which shocked the local community and traumatized his family and those who knew him, including the young people who were friends with the 20 year old.

Filipe was attacked with a knife in Norwood Road in the early evening and staggered into a shop, suffering the wounds that would claim his life. While those who cherished Filipe wanted to grieve and gathered at the scene of the attack on him, local adults struggled to connect with the young people and felt anxious after such a tragic incident.

The council is committed to making Lambeth one of the safest boroughs in London and has a long-term strategy to tackle the root causes of violence in our communities. This work is part of these efforts.

The Lambeth Youth Forum has organized a series of events as part of the initiative, including workshops in Kennington on April 12 and Vauxhall on May 10 this year. The next session will be a final gala event at Longfield Hall in Knatchbull Road on May 24, to which residents of all ages are invited.

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Cllr Dr. Mahamed Hashi, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: “We want our young people to grow up in a supportive environment where they have confidence in themselves, have confidence in their interactions and can express themselves.

“Creatively building intergenerational connections between youth and adults in our communities will help achieve that and improve safety. The streets of our busy neighborhood can sometimes pose serious challenges for our young people, entrepreneurs and local people.

“Creating a better understanding of each other’s experiences will create a more supportive environment to overcome these challenges.”

The workshops are delivered as creative sessions involving role-playing, acting and group discussions to play out different scenarios and identify ways to resolve or avoid conflict. At Longfield Hall, drama and theater expert Tony Cealy and prop maker Jacques Griffith from Brixton will lead the session.

Once completed, the artworks from the three sessions will be exhibited locally. The initiative is part of the Lambeth Made Safer 10-year plan for coordinated work to prevent violence in the borough.


Photo credits to Nick Wright.