CHIPS, the international Christian peacemaking charity, today launched a Christmas fundraising appeal to raise money for its project tackling youth violence in Brixton.
The charity is participating in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest match funding campaign. For seven days, from midday Tuesday 3 December until midday Tuesday 10 December, The Big Give offers people the opportunity to have their donations doubled while matched funds last.
CHIPS is seeking to raise £18,500 for its Voices for Change project. Voices for Change brings together and builds on two of CHIPS’ most successful areas of work in Brixton to date. These are community organising with young people affected by or at risk of serious youth violence, and partnership with schools to reduce the number of exclusions. CHIPS believes that both areas of work are important to tackling the causes of youth violence, and that delivering them together can have a powerful impact in helping building peace in Brixton.
The money the charity receives from the appeal will go directly to its community organising work, which builds on CHIPS’ experience in Brixton over the past six years. Through this work, the charity will engage and listen to young people and families in three of the area’s largest estates to understand their frustrations and concerns, and then partner with them and other local organisations to help them drive practical change in their communities.
Donations must be made online at chipspeace.org/biggive between midday Tuesday 3 December and midday Tuesday 10 December in order to qualify for match funding.