Perspectives On Violence

Using Immersive Film to Build Resilience
StoryLab and Chelmsford Community Safety Partnership

JobServe Community Stadium, Mile End, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5UP
9.30 – 3:30pm, Friday 13th March 2020


The ‘Perspectives on Violence’ conference 2020 focused on how individuals, their families and communities are impacted by gangs and violence. The conference brought together former gang members, experts and practitioners from Essex and around the country to explore how young or vulnerable people become involved in county lines, gangs and serious violence. Through listening to key note speakers and taking part in experiential workshops the conference aimed for delegates to gain a deeper insight around the causes of violence and effective ways to tackle and prevent it. StoryLab in collaboration with Chelmsford Community Safety Partnership run an experiential workshop (Screening, Q&A and VR).

The conference was organised by the Police, Fire, Crime Commissioner for Essex.



  • Rt Hon Stuart Lawrence, brother of Stephen Lawrence and motivational speaker;
  • Quinton Green (aka Champagne Bubbler), former gang member, UK Garage MC, spoken word poet and Anti Knife Crime Campaigner
  • Dr William Graham, leading expert in the field of violence prevention initiatives from Glasgow
  • Joanna, a former gang member

Experiential workshops include

  • StoryLab: The Power of Film – immersive storytelling, engagement and changing attitude
  • The power of music – music interventions, clean drill and positive messaging
  • The Glasgow story – Public Health Approaches
  • Dealing with Trauma on the streets – Trauma training
  • My Story – Joanna talks about life as a former gang member
  • A teachable moment – Basildon Hospital


09:30 | MCs Dep PFCC Jane Gardner, Insp Jim White and James Pearson – Welcome to the conference

09:40 | Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst
– Violence & Vulnerability in Essex

09:50 | Quinton Green – Spoken Word

10.00 | Joanne Bakare – My Story

10:20 | Dr William Graham – A Glasgow Approach

10.45 | Break

11:00 | Breakout Session 1

12:00 | Lunch and networking

12.45 | Kirsty Gibbons – The HMP Chelmsford Prison Project

13:00 | Sharon Doughty – The DotCom Learning Programme

13.15 | Breakout Session 2

14.15 | Key Note Speaker the Rt Hon Stuart Lawrence – The Hopeful Revenge

14:45 | PFCC Roger Hirst – Reflection

15.00 | MCs – Conference Close

Agenda with information on breakout experiences (pdf)