The Wickers Charity was founded in 2018 by East London philanthropist and businessman Henry Smith. With a personal connection to the consequences of knife crime in East London, Henry established a broad-ranging youth engagement programme. Designed to engage youth, The Wickers Charity offers a range of classes, workshops and events from its community hub in Hackney Wick. From art and design classes, to cooking and nutrition classes, career coaching, gun and knife crime workshops, half term and summer school holiday programmes, The Wickers Charity offer engagement and instruction in vital life skills. Having won the praise of local schools and education professionals, The Wickers Charity’s knife crime prevention offers young people experiences they would otherwise not have had.
The Wickers Charity’s Regular Events
BoxupCrime – Every Tuesday evening boxing training for 8-13 year olds takes place at Gascoyne 2 Hall, Hackney Wick between 6:00pm and 7:00pm and for 14-18 year olds between 7:00pm and 8:00pm.
Jus Ball – Every Tuesday between 5:30pm and 6:30pm this regular football training event is hosted by Jusball FC Academy at the Gascoyne M.U.G.A., Hackney Wick and welcomes all between the ages of 8 and 18 years old.
OutRunners – On Wednesdays between 6:30pm and 7:30pm, running training for the London Half Marathon in March 2020 is delivered by OutRunners, with part of the session based at in the Nike Store located in Hackney. The event invites all between the ages of 8 and 16.
Regular Primary School Knife Crime Awareness Courses – The Wickers Charity’s knife crime awareness course which is specifically designed for youngsters visits various local primary schools. The outreach has proven to be an important aid in the fight against knife crime.
The Wickers Charity staff includes a range of professionals from various backgrounds. Wendel Henry is a long-time boxing coach, who leads the boxing training. The charity’s founder Henry Smith describes himself as a “born and raised East Ender” possessing a strong affinity for the local area and the betterment of its residents.