An educational programme which tackles issues around youth violence has won a prestigious award.
The ‘It’s Not OK’ (INOK) partnership won the Education Award at the Anthony Walker Foundation’s Annual Awards Event.
The foundation was set up in memory of murdered black teenager Anthony Walker. Its awards ceremony, hosted by Liverpool Football Club, celebrated outstanding individuals who work to help promote equality.
Huyton schoolboy Anthony was tragically killed in 2005 in a racially motivated attack. His mother Gee set up the Anthony Walker Foundation in his memory, to provide outreach support to individuals and families who have experienced, or are experiencing, hate-crime. The foundation promotes racial harmony through sport, music and education.
The awards event was attended by Reds midfielder Conor Coady, who presented the awards alongside Gee Walker.
The INOK project is delivered across secondary schools and includes creative resources aimed at and devised with the help of young people, to tackle issues around youth violence.
Officers representing Liverpool City Council’s Community Services were delighted to accept the award on behalf of the INOK multi-agency partnership which includes Liverpool City Council; Merseyside Police; Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Ariel Trust. Their successful nomination was able to demonstrate that the project championed diversity within the education sector.
Councillor Peter Brennan, Mayoral lead for Community Safety said: “We are delighted that the work the partnership does has been recognised by the Foundation and continue to promote the use of the resources through the council’s Anti-bullying Forum and the Hate Crime Reduction Forum
In the picture – Paul Ainsworth (Ariel Trust), Jill Summers and Joanna Konieczna (Liverpool City Council), Gee Walker and Conor Coady.