Greater Manchester Police together with our partners are committed to reducing the number of criminally related firearms discharges. We use various methods to reduce the causes and effects of this area of criminality by both enforcing the law and working with partner agencies in reducing the long term harm such criminality causes. Turning firearms and their parts into worthwhile uses emphasises the change that can take place when we all work together. The visual representation of this ‘use’ through the creation of Sculptural Ingots, sold to fund mentoring schemes, symbolises this work.
CARISMA have been working with University of Salford for the last 3 years on The Guns to Goods project. This has been developed into a sponsorship project. Whereby a sponsor will not only be sponsoring the good riddance of weapons on our streets (via the smelting down of gun metal) but also the mentoring through the CARISMA team and the opportunity for funded further education of a young person. In this current economic climate whereby young people are facing heavy debts with college and university fees, many are chosing not to further their education. This is resulting and will result in young people having no ambition, no inspiration and ultimately becoming involved in unwanted behaviour which will make them a menace to society. Hence we as CARISMA wholly support this project.