Sheldon Thomas – Gangsline
Sheldon Thomas, former gang member, founder and Chief Executive of Gangsline, discusses the work being done by the organisation. This involves former gang members training and delivering gang prevention workshops and further extends into consulting with government, police, schools, PRU workers and others. Sheldon discusses the increases in knife crime and the failure of several former Home Secretaries to listen to his concerns. He explores the critical role that parents play and the need to look at root causes. Whether this is black, white or other communities, he discusses the manner in which families break down, how society is changing and the external influences that are shaping the way our young people think and behave. He confirms the need for communities to engage, parents to intervene and touches on a wide array of societal factors such as struggling mothers, mental health issues, the need for better education, vocational work opportunities that meet the changing needs of young people and how we need to implement a systemic approach to resolving these issues.
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Sheldon Thomas is a highly respected Founder and Chief Executive of Gangsline. An inspirational and pioneering individual. Sheldon has an unprecedented insight into gangs through his own experience as a leading gang member in the 1970’s. He now dedicates his life to engaging directly with gang leaders and members and using a ‘no-holds barred’, yet spiritual approach to changing young people’s lives. He is a leading expert in gang culture and is both an advisor to the Home Office and New Scotland Yard on gang culture and violence. He is a regular and outspoken contributor to television, radio and newspapers, as well as a motivational speaker and visionary.