London, 30 November 2020 – London Village Network (LVN) right this moment introduced that world legislation agency Hogan Lovells has offered the charity with knowledge privateness and company recommendation to optimise their app to be used by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) as they search to stamp out knife crime and youth violence.
The app not solely connects younger individuals with particular person mentors, but additionally employs a signposting youth mapping operate that helps younger individuals see the wide selection of assist accessible together with job and apprenticeship possibilities, native occasions and different youth companies. It is designed in order that younger individuals can swipe by means of the possibilities of their space – and greater than 1,400 possibilities are presently posted. The MPS will pilot utilizing the app’s signposting to provide Police officers the instruments to have extra sure and significant interactions with younger individuals.
“The collaboration with Hogan Lovells and the MPS could not be more timely, relevant or welcomed,” stated Rachael Box, founder and CEO of grassroot charity LVN. “The last year has been a tough one for youth; 2019 saw the highest number of deaths due to knife and gang-related violence in London in 10 years and COVID-19 means that youth unemployment could be heading for an all-time high, making young people feel more disenfranchised and leaving them potentially at-risk. We want to forge as many positive connections as possible, and Hogan Lovells and MPS help us do just that.”
Rachel Kent, lead Hogan Lovells associate on the undertaking, stated, “The Hogan Lovells team has been delighted to be involved in a project that has centred on building networks – both to strengthen the LVN app and to build a cross-sector response to help young people to find new opportunities.”
Using the MPS pilot as a springboard, LVN is hoping to broaden their networks and the app. Hogan Lovells has linked up its Diversity & Inclusion and Graduate Recruitment Teams to supply possibilities on the app.
Chief Inspector Jack Rowlands stated of the collaboration: “It is really positive to see an application that not only offers opportunities for young people, but for organisations too, to showcase what they can do to help. The Metropolitan Police Service will be able to signpost young people to use the application and access opportunities. In addition, we can share the LVN App with organisations that we work with to enable them to sign up and highlight what they do. Using an accessible and effective digital platform, we hope that we are able to provide more opportunities to young people and help to keep them safe from violence and harm.”
The LVN seeks to deal with community poverty in a world what place discovering employment is usually not about what you recognize, however who you recognize. The LVN supports the inclusion and equality of weak younger individuals (14-24 year-olds), usually susceptible to exclusion or NEET (not in employment, schooling or coaching). These younger persons are majority:
- (BAME) Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic;
- From households what place unemployment has affected a number of generations throughout the identical family;
- Prison leavers;
- Care leavers;
- Those dwelling in economically disadvantaged communities, typically characterised by excessive density dwelling and crime sizzling spots.
LVN brings companies, statutory companies, neighborhood and youth collectively, by way of its digital app, to offer younger individuals with networks, possibilities and an opportunity. LVN goals to degree up possibilities for all younger individuals and improve participation in significant coaching, employment and schooling, and enhance long run earnings prospects. At the identical time, LVN mobilises sure adults locally to have a stronger affect and put younger individuals onto sure pathways, change their mindsets and really feel accepted.
About the LVN app
The LVN app is a brilliant, cost-effective, scalable digital youth hub that manages and measures the impression of its companies. It is a two-fold answer, with its ‘Power of an Hour’ methodology that connects youth with profitable grownup mentors; and the Signposting operate utilized by the MPS and different frontline practitioners to immediately join younger individuals with possibilities and assist.
Funding acquired from John Lyon’s Charity as a part of the Cornerstone Initiative has been a big issue behind the event and success of the LVN app. Dr Lynne Guyton, CEO of John Lyon’s Charity, stated “John Lyon’s Charity are proud to support LVN in their mission to ensure that all young people have access to good networks and visibility to the wide range of support available.”
The app is downloadable on iTUNEs and GOOGLE PLAY and its design has been supported by LVN Trustee, Google Director of Software Engineering and grasp coder, Catherine Ruggles.