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18 June 2010

"Young Drifting and Black" Day Conference 24 June 2010

Ray Lewis, Director of Eastside Young Leaders Academy, CSJ Alliance member, is speaking at The Young Drifting and Black conference next week on 24 June 2010. The one-day event hosted by Capital Men is looking at "practical prevention and effective action in tackling the challenging behaviour of black boys". The event has special guests from both the UK and the US and is being hosted by Kit Malthouse.

To find out more click here to read the infomation pack or go to to reserve your place.


Alliance News: XLP CEO releases book on Grangs

CSJ Staff attended the booklaunch of CSJ Advisory Board member Patrick Regan (pictured) this week. 'Fighting Chance' puts the lessons learnt from gang-intervention charity XLP and exposes the growing problem of gang culture in Britain today.

The launch on 16 June in Elephant and Castle, also saw the launch of the new XLP bus and website At the launch Patrick explained that the book challenges the reader to look past the stereotypes and engage with the young people involved: to mentor them, listen to them and to inspire them to consider a different way of life - before it is too late. It also looks to what drives young people into gangs; including poverty, family breakdown, and the need to belong. But the focus is on the solution: how to prevent people joining gangs in the first place, and how to help those deeply involved find a way out.

Patrick Regan was on the CSJ Gangs Working Group.

Fighting Chance can be purchased on Amazon

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Centre for Social Justice fringe programme at Party Conferences

The Centre for Social Justice will be hosting a full programme of fringe events and roundtables designed to put social justice at the heart of British politics during this Autumn's Party Conference Season.

Fringe meetings at the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour Party Conferences will explore new and existing areas of policy development. Speakers will include relevant ministers, voluntary sector leaders and commentators for lively discussions.

Full details will be published in September 2010.

If your organisation or public affairs group are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please be in touch with Chris Bullivant, Projects Director on


The Social Cohesion Working Group spent a full week of evidence gathering last month with back to back visits to projects in Peterborough, Birmingham and Blackpool earlier this month. Dr Jeff Bailey, CSJ Chairman-in-Residence said, "It was a fascinating week meeting groups and people who are working in the communities around the country who are really grappling with the effects of social change and building community cohesion."

Photo: The Social Cohesion Working Group taking evidence in Birmingham


Chris Bullivant, CSJ Projects Director, and Joseph Colman, CSJ Alliance Assistant, visited the Enthusiasm Trust in Derby on 11 June.

The Trust runs a highly successful Youth Inclusion Programme and has been working in the same estate since the early 1990's and have regular contact with over 2,000 young people.

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Photo: Chris Bullivant and Joe Russo, Enthusiasm Trust Director.

Ursula Henry, EA to Phillipa Stroud, Executive Director and Gavin Poole, Managing Director, is leaving the CSJ after two years of tireless and exceptional work.

Ursula started work this month for Dominic Raab MP.




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