January 2, 2014

CitySafe Campaign Founders Recognised in New Year Honours

Barry and Margaret Mizen have been appointed MBE for their work increasing young people's awareness of the consequences of violent crime.

After their son, Jimmy was killed on 10 May 2008 in an attack in south-east London, they launched the CitySafe campaign, which encourages local businesses and community centres to provide places of safety for others who are fleeing violence. In operation across London and Liverpool, the project brings many facets of communities together to tackle violence and aggression, encouraging local businesses, retailers and places of worship to offer a safe haven to young people who feel vulnerable or are being threatened by others.

Maybo has supported the scheme since 2009 with training resources and expertise on managing violence. 

Mr Mizen, 62, said he was "absolutely overwhelmed" and humbled at the recognition. "It speaks just as much about everyone else in the family and hundreds of others who support us as well," he said.

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