Knife Angel half-term activities in Colchester

PUBLISHED: 19 October 2023

There's lots going on during half-term at the Knife Angel in Balkerne Gardens, Colchester.

The Knife Angel trail and quiz for youngsters is proving popular, and there's a prize for the winner.

The mobile skate park operated by the Dry Skate Project will be outside the Mercury Theatre on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for all to enjoy on a first-come, first-served basis.

The SOS bus operated by Open Road, which offers support at night to revellers in distress, will be at the site on 24 October to showcase its services.

Domestic abuse charity Next Chapter will be on site all week promoting its services for children.

October 24 is also Emergency Services Day, with police, fire, and ambulance vehicles on site and an opportunity to talk to representatives.

If you haven't downloaded the Children's Colouring Competition template, go to the website to find out more.

Hundreds of young people have engaged with workshops about knife harm and the consequences of carrying a knife. These have been delivered by mum Ann Oakes-Odger, whose son Westley was fatally stabbed. She has been supported by members of Essex Police and the Fire Service in delivering the workshops.

Councillor Natalie Sommers, Portfolio Holder for Communities at Colchester City Council, said: “As part of our agreement to host the Knife Angel in our city, we committed to providing 30 days of educational workshops and activities to raise better awareness of violence and aggression.

“I think the Colchester team, its partners, and a host of volunteers have pulled out all the stops to deliver that for both adults and children. It's been an honour to have this iconic statue – the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression – in our city.”

On October 31, after a month in the City of Colchester, the iconic Knife Angel will leave for Bolton in Greater Manchester.

Page last reviewed: 19 October 2023


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