Beer Here

For people who give a damn about society (and beer)

10/07/14 | 06:00PM | Saint John-at-Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0PD

Beer Here is the meetup for people who give a damn about society (and beer). After a banging event at the Camden Collective, we’re heading East.

Join us next Thursday from 6.00pm at Saint John-at-Hackney Church for Gang Stories, an immersive evening of discussion, food and drinks, with the spotlight on London’s growing gang culture.

The stellar line-up of speakers includes:

  • David Cohen: Chief Feature writer and Campaigns Editor of the London Evening Standard. Covering research around gangs, poverty and violence, David writes with unparalleled commitment and drive about some today’s thorniest social issues.
  • Ray Douglas: Behaviour management specialist, and the national coordinator for Anti-Youth Violence’s early interventions programme, Ray’s work has already reached over 10,000 young people. Ray is also the founder of Gangology, a workforce development program for practitioners and Author of “Gangs Kitchen” scheduled for release late 2014.
  • Junior Smart: Founder of the SOS Project, Junior Smart decided to use ex-offenders as mentors, in order to drastically cut re-offending rates and put offenders at the centre of the solution.The project offers a unique blend of practical and emotional support across 13 boroughs.
  • Michael Angus: Church Army Captain and Area Manager for homelessness charity SLYMCA. At a time when gang violence was infiltrating hostels and  putting the vulnerable people within them at risk, Michael worked with police and the staff to reduce the gang’s grip on the hostel.
  • Tom Sackville: Assistant director of the gangs Dawes unit at Catch 22. This organisation bring together research, policy and practice in order to understand how to reduce the harm caused by gangs and gang-related crime. They work together with local communities in order to create real, sustainable income alternatives to gang membership.
  • Adeyemi Michael: Director, producer and cinematography of Sodiq. This documentary asks the question of how a boy with the aspirations of becoming a doctor find himself on trial for murder. The documentary has been privately screened at The House Of Commons and Warner Brothers Entertainment and Adeyemi will be showing the trailer at Gang Stories.
Join us for fascinating insight into gang culture, a bottle of Celia Lager or two and tasty treats from Up in My Grill

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