Search

Libraries in Islington to act as safe heavens for youths in peril

14:00 17 July 2014

Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council

Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council's executive member for community safety, and Lorraine Dinnegan with pupils from Central Foundation School at launch of CitySafe Havens in Islington's libraries

Archant

Endangered young people can now go to the borough’s libraries for sanctuary, thanks to the a campaign dedicated to a murdered teenager.

All 10 of Islington’s libraries have joined about 40 other buildings in which staff have received special training to help those fearing violence at home or on the streets.

The first of these was St Mellitus Church in Tollington Park, the church of Lorraine Dinnegan, whose son Martin was murdered in 2007 at the age of 14.

Mrs Dinnegan was instrumental in setting up the safe havens, alongside Citizens UK, which is running a nationwide campaign to encourage more and more sanctuaries for young people.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign last year, Mrs Dinnegan said: “I think about all the incidents that we hear with young people, in situations where they’re in danger and have nowhere to go. It’s really sad when you hear that, but that’s the reality.

“If people know about the safer havens and know where they are, they will feel safer knowing they can go there to seek refuge.

“This is in memory of Martin, but also to all the other young people who have lost their lives.

In total, 50 places around Islington are now CitySafe Havens, including the Happening Bagel Bakery in Seven Sisters Road and Rowan’s Leisure Bowling Centre near Finsbury Park station. Staff at these safe havens have been given training and advice on what to do in an emergency.

Speaking at Central Library in Highbury yesterday, Mrs Dinnegan said: “It’s great to see that Islington’s libraries are becoming CitySafe Havens as it means there are 10 more locations in the borough for young people to seek refuge when they feel threatened or in danger.

“I would strongly encourage other shops and businesses in the borough to join Islington’s libraries and become CitySafe Havens.”

The move comes a fortnight after a damning report on the borough’s youth offending service, highlighting a failure to recognise dangerous and vulnerable youngsters.

Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for community safety said: “Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our young people.

“When young people are in danger it is vital that they have a safe place to go to. I’m delighted that libraries in Islington are now CitySafe Havens.”

To find out more about CitySafe Havens in Islington go to www.islington.gov.uk/citysafehavens

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

16:46
This bike is being sold on Ebay to raise money for the funeral of Alan Cartwright (inset)

Cycle shop and ‘devastated’ family friend raise cash to give teen a proper send off

13:30
Prime Minister David Cameron is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman (right) on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10, at the Sky Studios in Osterley, west London.

David Cameron and Ed Miliband were grilled by Jeremy Paxman and a studio audience last night in the first of the general election television set pieces.

12:59
Ticket windows at King's Cross Underground Station are set to close Pic: PA

But Transport for London says station will still be staffed between first and last train

11:22
Smithfield General Market, potentially the new home of London Museum

Exhibitions could move to 800-year-old Farringdon market by 2021 if plan gets the nod

Most read news

But what do other parties do with their 404 pages? This you’ll want to see.

The Labour leader could soon be in a town near you.

The fire was apparently started by a gas explosion and left 19 people injured, four critically. Two people remain unaccounted for.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder