‘Don’t count me in – Young peoples Video’ – MPAC ‘Visual Youth’ Initiative

‘Don’t count me in’ is to be unveiled for the first time tomorrow afternoon, when youth workers, community safety practitioners, council officers and voluntary groups converge to see the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Edith Macauley, open the event.

The twenty-minute video project, funded by Merton Partnership Against Crime (MPAC), Groundwork and London & Quadrant, is the culmination of over 18 months intensive youth work.

The video and attendant resource pack is available to teachers, youth workers and practitioners who work with young people as a resource linked to the governments new citizenship agenda.

Key speakers include Dr Richard Stone, a member of the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry Team and Advisor to Mayor Of London Ken Livingstone, and Roger Hewitt, an advisor and commentator featured in the video and key authority on work with young racist offenders around the country.

Councillor Su Assinen, Portfolio Member for Regeneration, including young peoples services, will also be addressing the launch.

Councillor Assinen said: “The event marks months of hard work and dedication by council and community groups who have worked tirelessly to bring this useful tool together.

“We hope that by showing the video to young people throughout our community we can help minimise youth and race crime,” she said.

The event will commence at 3.45 pm and conclude at 6.15 pm tomorrow, 24 January, at Merton Colleges Restaurant in the Park. Media are invited for photo opportunities.


Press Contact:
Georgina Hart
Press and Public Relations Officer – 0208 545 3483

For further information on the launch or the video and resource pack ‘Don’t count me In’, please contact:
Dave Frame, Groundwork 0208 540 5533
Breffni O’Rourke. Merton Partnership Against Crime, 0208 545 4146.
London & Quadrant, (Resident Involvement Department) 020 8225 3543