ABOUT MOVE FOR LIFE
Move For Life has been set up to deliver positive strategies in order to fight knife and gun crime and also combat anti-social behaviour in Britain’s young people. Many organizations are already fighting the causes of knife crime within London.
However, with the majority having a low profile and limited funding they are often scarcely known and are restricted to offering their services to a selected area and demographic.
Move For Life will be drawing similar charities and schemes together to work as one, creating a bigger impact on the elimination of knife crime, whilst also raising the profile of other schemes, so they have the recognition they deserve.
The basis, and core of Move For Life will be this social networking site, which will enable the charities to reach out to a wider audience, and let young people know what help and activities are available to them As a registered charity, Move For Life organisation will provide attractive opportunities for young people between the ages of 12-25, who are at risk of offending or re-offending, allowing them to channel their energies away from Gang related crime and violence, acting as a bridge between the streets and opportunities.
Although we will not work directly with the young people, We will direct them to groups and schemes that are already established. The range of partners we will have available for young people will be diverse and attractive. Each project will provide a sense of Purpose, Identity, Belonging, Engagement and Mentoring.
HOW DOES THIS WEBSITE HELP
- Move For Life’s Advertising Campaign will change the mindset of young people in environments where knife and gun crime are becoming an everyday occurrence.
- This Network Website will draw communities and young people together and to provide a window on possibilities available to them.
- Move For Life will act as a bridge between inner-city young people and Positive Opportunities, doors will be opened for them onto challenging activities in areas not always easily accessible to them: music; dance and ballet; cricket; tennis etc but also: drama workshops; apprenticeship and work experience schemes.
- Move For Life has a strategy to become an Established Brand using a combination of professionalism along with highly identifiable marketing and merchandising.
- The Regular, Reliable Programme of activities will be delivered by Mentors who are committed to supporting young people for the long- term, providing much needed positive role models, advice and guidance.
DIRECTOR OF MOVE FOR LIFE
Gary Halkyard, Director of Move For Life, single handedly set up MFL in September 2010.
He launched the charity due to the high level of knife related crime in the capital, especially in Hackney where he grew up. Gary found himself very concerned about the rise of postcode attacks, especially amongst those from ethnic minority backgrounds.
With many of his friends and employees also coming from diverse backgrounds, Gary really wanted to turn a negative into a positive, to target this problem and overcome the stereotype that can so often be created through ignorance and prejudice.
Gary has shown that if you come from Hackney you don’t have to fall into this category, you can push yourself and achieve highly, Gary is a patron of the Barbican, Dance Umbrella, English National Ballet and Sadlers Wells, along with being a successful business man.
Gary completed his carpentry and joinery apprenticeship and gained his city and guilds by the age of 20, he then went on to establish a business in buying and renovating properties, this was later extended to carrying out design and build projects for schools in a number of London’s councils.
Gary is creative and innovative with considerable problem solving skills. Where he brought practical, design-led, yet cost effective solutions to problems that had defied trained engineers and architects.Gary is an excellent communicator, motivator and a leader, managing large teams of people to deliver complex projects on time and on budget.
Gary has always been committed and passionate about improving the lives and opportunities for young people. Gary uses his considerable energy to generate significant resources for deserving charities. He cycled across Israel to raise funds for the Norwood & Ravenswood charity, as well as cycling from Rochester to Portsmouth to raise funds for Marie Curie and he has also undertaken the Red Run.