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Fighting Chance: Tackling Britain's Gang Culture

Patrick Regan

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Prose: non-fiction, Christian life & practice, Social issues & processes, Social groups, Age groups: adolescents, Child welfare, Charities, voluntary services & philanthropy, Causes & prevention of crime, Juvenile offenders

Hard-hitting analysis of UK gang culture and challenging call to action from an expert on the front line of urban youth work

Reports of tragic teenage deaths and gang violence seem to dominate the media, yet rarely do we hear from the young people behind the headlines. Who are they What makes them join gangs Is there a way out
FIGHTING CHANCE fearlessly exposes the growing problem of gang culture, challenging us to look past the stereotypes and engage with the young people involved: to mentor them, listen to them and to inspire them to consider a different way of life - before it is too late.
Without sensationalising or condemning, FIGHTING CHANCE exposes what drives young people into gangs - including poverty, family breakdown, and the need to belong. But the focus is on the solution: how to prevent people joining gangs in the first place, and how to help those deeply involved find a way out. Patrick Regan not only highlights the work of the individuals and organisations who are already tackling Britain's gang problems but also challenges and inspires us to be part of the answer.

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Praise for Fighting Chance: Tackling Britain's Gang Culture

  • Emotional and heartbreaking but very inspirational. - Richard Taylor, father of Damilola Taylor.

  • Patrick is a shining light in the voluntary sector's efforts to offer young people positive life choices and in ensuring they do not become the unfortunate statistics of tomorrow. - Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

  • FIGHTING CHANCE captures the essence and passions of Patrick Regan's life and work. - Nims Obunge MBE DL, Chief Executive of The Peace Alliance

  • A book that tells the truth about what is going on in gangs - John Bird MBE, Founder of The Big Issue

  • Inspirational ... FIGHTING CHANCE should be read by anyone with an interest in our future. - Jeni Barrett, LBC 97.3fm

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Patrick Regan

Patrick Regan has travelled to over thirty countries working with and on behalf of some of the poorest communities. His passion is to see children and young people, from the most deprived and challenging backgrounds, succeed in life - helping them to avoid making wrong choices and to overcome the challenges they face - to realise their amazing potential. To do this he has engaged with politicians and gang members, victims and perpetrators, police, councils and housing associations, and most particularly with the young people themselves and their families. In 1996 Patrick founded a charity, XLP, that today is committed to fighting poverty, supporting education and serving hundreds of young people and their families weekly in inner London.

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