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Word 4 Weapons

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'Multi-Award' winners, Word 4 Weapons, is an initiative of Ascension Trust. It was started in 2007 by Michael Smith, and it is the UK's first weapons exchange programme. Following an increase in violent crime amongst young people, Michael was inspired to set up the initiative to counteract the high levels of knife and gun crime occurring in our communities nationwide. It is a reality that these crimes affect us all, regardless of race, culture, colour, gender or faith.

Word 4 Weapons works in partnership with the Street Pastors network, the Salvation Army Trading Company, the Christian Police Association, Crimestoppers, Churches and all other faith groups. Thanks to the Salvation Army Trading Company, the Word 4 Weapons initiative has access to high quality metal bins, in which individuals can use to lawfully deposit knives and other weapons.

Young people are encouraged to hand in their weapons and in exchange they will receive a fashionable bag that we have called 'All I Need'. Each bag contains a comic of real life stories of individuals who have turned their lives around. It also includes a Bible (optional) plus an information booklet with a number of organisations offering social help. In addition there are DVDs and much more.

Charity No: 1127204

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