Barnet Homes partnership with Art Against Knives (AAK) has gone from strength to strength. This year we continued to work with the charity to provide 190 young people with the opportunity to access support and opportunity via their creative community spaces including, a music studio, nail bar and fitness hub.

Highlights from the year include the release of two new mixtapes featuring tracks written and produced in The LAB music studio, a collaboration with Converse shoes who sponsored a week of exciting activity across the spaces during February half-term and a programme of pop-up nail bars designed and delivered by young technicians.

When asked why they come to the spaces AAK provides, one young person said: “The LAB is pretty much the main thing that gets me out to do something, there might be times where I might not want to go out anywhere as most of the time I just stay in. I feel refreshed every time that I come here.”

AAK have made a huge impact over the past two years and continue to exceed our expectations in achieving positive outcomes for young people in Barnet. We’re excited to see the young talent that comes out their creative spaces this year as we continue to work in partnership to keep young people safe.

Art Against Knives is a charity that supports young people at risk of violent crime and although they are locally based, the positive work they do with young people has spread across London and beyond. For more information about this project and the work Arts Against Knives to work with young people at risk, visit their website: