Billy’s Wish was set up in 2012 to work towards combating knife crime. The charity has several aims:
- To educate children and young people about the dangers and consequences of knife crime
- To promote positive youth activity
- To help young people who regularly find themselves in detention at school
Our Anti Knife Crime Education Programme is now in every school in Dacorum, and feedback from schools has been outstanding. Hertfordshire Constabulary have requested that the Programme is offered to every school in Hertfordshire, and this request has been echoed by Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Education. We are also talking to politicians, police and teachers from further afield about taking the Programme countrywide in the future. Since the Programme was launched, Billy’s Wish has received several awards:
High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, “Crimebeat Award” – March 2014. This was the top award from 2014’s High Sheriff, who also entered the Billy’s Wish Education Programme into a national award.
- Hertfordshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, awarded Billy’s Wish a grant in March 2014 to enable the charity to roll out the Anti Knife Crime Education Programme across the county.
- My News Mags, My Local Hero Awards, “Above and Beyond” – November 2013. Awarded to Billy’s Wish for our work on the Education Programme.
MAMAA, “Roger Costello Award for Making a Difference” – September 2013. This was presented jointly to Billy’s Wish and the Ben Kinsella Trust for the two charities’ joint work to protect young people against knife crime.
- Hemel Hempstead Gazette “Pride of Dacorum” – September 2013. Finalists in 4 categories.