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Andover Estate revitalised after Andrew Jaipaul murder

PUBLISHED: 17:28 22 November 2011

Children celebrate during the event at the Andover Estate community centre

Children celebrate during the event at the Andover Estate community centre

An estate where a man was killed has been revitalised through a youth project.

Andrew Jaipaul, 21, was stabbed to death on the Andover Estate in June, but now Islington Council says various activities have created a renewed sense of community.

Young people aged up to 20 have taken part in cookery and self-defence classes and designed a mosaic through the council’s Youth Connect Finsbury Park project.

More than 180 tenants have signed up to the youth centre since the scheme started in March. Some have gone on trips to museums and Colchester Zoo.

Youth worker Inji Ali, who runs the programme, said: “I feel we have made such a massive difference not just to the children but families as well. Many are on benefits and unable to get out for the day.

“The self-defence was important because when Andrew got stabbed some felt vulnerable.

“There is a strong sense of belonging on this estate. When young people step out of line they do get pulled up.”

Andover Estate teenagers were rewarded for their efforts at a celebration which included a disco and film screening.

Jay Jacobs, 12, who attends Holloway School in Hilldrop Road and who has gained a certificate for self-defence, said: “It is great to have somewhere where we are safe and can have fun – rather than being out playing on the streets.”

Tayla Raines, 13, a fellow Holloway School pupil, said: “I have absolutely loved the self-defence classes.”

Youth Connect Finsbury Park runs sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday which are open to all residents.

n For details contact Inji Ali on 0758 4370873 or inji.ali@islington.gov.uk.


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