A twenty-year-old student from Redbridge led a discussion around youth violence and safe spaces for young people at an event last week, co-hosted by Redbridge Council.

Bringing together more than 60 people, the event heard presentations from residents which included other topics such as developing green spaces and violence against women and girls.

Hamza Mubarak, 20, of Seven Kings who raised the issue of youth violence and safe spaces for young people, identified how the creation of safe and productive spaces for young people could nurture them to succeed.

He added it could help them to reach their potential and reduce their risk of violence.

Hamza Mubarak said: “I led a discussion about how to make the environment a safer and better place for young people by creating dedicated safe spaces in the community.

It was useful to bounce ideas off each other and plan how they can be brought to life.”

Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, said: "I am really pleased to see the number of Seven Kings residents that were engaged at the recent community event.

“I would encourage as many local people as possible to get involved in our Community Hubs programme and find out more about plans for their local area.”