Representatives from Everton in the Community recently took part in the Toxteth March to help protest against gun and knife violence.
The march was held in memory of a popular local teenager, Yusuf, who was tragically killed five months ago and his mum, Kajdijah Sonko, arranged the march as she looked to call for an end to gun and knife crime. She was backed by more than 50 people of all ages on the day as they marched from Toxteth to Liverpool city centre.
They started in Tiber Square and made their way to the steps of Lime Street station where Yusuf’s parents and Liverpool boxer Natasha Jonas gave poignant speeches.
Everton in the Community was keen to show its support to the march and the Sonko family as a lot of the charity’s work is focused on encouraging community cohesion with youngsters throughout Liverpool. The charity will also be launching a series of Gun and Knife Crime workshops that will be delivered at each of EitC’s Kicks sessions across Merseyside in a bid to prevent any of the participants we work with getting involved with weapon violence.
Josh Hale, a Kicks Development Coach for Everton in the Community, said: “Witnessing so many young people from the Toxteth community giving up their free time and showing such a united stance against gun and knife crime was great to see during the march.
“Seeing how much pain and anguish this tragic incident caused the Sonko family is incredibly difficult to witness and we have to educate our young people to ensure that they are not drawn into anything similar.”
Everton in the Community works with young people from across Merseyside every day and currently delivers a number of different workshops to help educate and support them where possible. Along with introducing the new workshops on gun and knife crime, the chairty currently delivers workshops on the following areas; Drugs & Alcohol, Healthy Eating and Equality and Diversity.