THE Music Relief Foundation is harnessing young voices to battle knife crime through songs and drama performances.
The Foundation was set up in 2011 following the personal experiences of CEO and founder Magdalene Adenaike, who was once a teenage parent herself and faced diverse hardships and traumatic experiences. 
Coupled with her passion and expertise as a musician Magdalene decided to start Music Relief to work with teen parents providing support and counselling, acting as a place of therapeutic refuge to enable respite. 

However, it became increasingly apparent that more young people needed its services and the Foundation needed to be more proficient in the services it  provided. This led to an increase in the number of youth people the Foundation was able to help.

This meant  expanding the message to champion causes against knife crime and also addressing other relevant issues affecting young people within society including: mental health, safeguarding, child sexual exploitation (CSE), trafficking,  and youth empowerment.

Music Relief offers services for young people aged 11 to 19 year’s-old, ready to be equipped and empowered through workshops to become positive change leaders and More Than Able Ambassadors. 

More Than Able is the Foundations new campaign which was launched  at an event speaking out against knife crime. 

There have been more than a 1,000 instances of knife crime in Croydon over the last two years, according to the Met police.

The  Youth’s Matter event was held at the House of Parliament and was hosted by Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones  along with special guests Jeff Boothe, Croydon Borough Commander and Yemi Hughes mother of murdered knife crime victim Andre Aderemi.

The youth ambassadors are being trained through workshops to engage in strategic meetings with the police, MP’s and authorities in order to get their voices heard on issues affecting youths as well as helping them develop their confidence and become proficient public speakers. 

The projects are normally held on Saturday mornings, and from January will start in Thornton Heath and other local areas.