Students provide a quick link to Safe Havens that can save lives

Students at ARK Globe Academy are helping young people in London feel safer on the streets with a quick way to locate their nearest Safe Havens. Working with Citizens UK’s CitySafe Campaign the Year 9 students have produced an oyster card wallet with a QR code that links to a CitySafe map of local businesses who will offer refuge to young people who feel vulnerable or scared. Their work with the local BP Garage and Tesco Local has also resulted in the businesses pledging to be new Safe Havens.

Rochelle from Year 9 said ‘The oyster card wallets will be a productive resource to help you find a Safe Haven if you go somewhere you haven’t been before. I’ll feel safer knowing where my local Havens are. We really care about safety in our borough and I want to help keep everyone safe.”

The students, Sarah-Kemi, Dalal, Maya, Akosua, Clare-Anna and Rochelle received an award from Citizens UK at the CitySafe Roadshow last week. The celebration event at the academy featured a moving introduction from Grace Idowu, mother of David Idowu who was stabbed and died in 2008. The Southwark campaign is dedicated to his memory.

“CitySafe is a campaign that can save lives. I don’t want what happened to David to happen to you.” Grace Idowu said to the audience of Globe Academy, Notre Dame and St Thomas the Apostle students.

Artists Big Narstie, LDNC and Kwamz and Flava also performed at the event.

Matt Jones, Principal, ARK Globe Academy said, “Our students did a fantastic job in convincing both locations to be our local Safe Havens. Helping to keep our students and our community safe is an essential part of the work we all do at Globe Academy. We’re proud of our students and the leadership they have shown in helping make our streets safer in our local community.”