QEGS welcomed the ‘No more knives tour’, in partnership with Lancashire constabulary, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the Diocese of Blackburn, into school to speak to all our Secondary School pupils about knife crime and the devasting impact it has on lives.  Combining music with powerful stories and teaching that equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to say no to knives and start to discover their full value and identity.

In what was a very powerful performance with a very clear message, pupils heard from a former gang member, who shared his story about being involved in knife crime. Lancashire constabulary, spoke about knife crime statistics in Lancashire and the consequences of carrying a knife. Our pupils listened to performances from band OTC whose aim is to empower, and encourage all listeners, through music that they’re significant, valuable and that their life matters!

The No More Knives Tour was very well received by staff and pupils. It was more than just a message, more than a workshop. It was real stories and real people. Our secondary school pupils left with a real topic of conversation and understanding of how to make better choices.

The tour, which is being delivered to all schools across the Borough will finish with a concert at Blackburn Cathedral from 7:30pm on 26 November 2021. Tickets are £3 and will be available to our pupils/students at reception until the middle of next week.