Nov 9, 2018
Andrez Harriott is a man with a mission - to support young people from disadvantaged communities, those threatened or swept up by crime, to give them opportunities to turn their life around.
Well known thanks to his profile with multi-million selling British RnB group Damage, Andrez used a hiatus in his music career to work in youth justice, setting up The Liminality Group (TLG) in 2011 to mentor London's vulnerable youngsters and find a way into work for many in the youth offending system.
His work seems more urgent than ever amidst a media storm over violent crime in London, where 20 teenagers have been killed this year.
In an interview covering his own experiences as a father, the importance of faith, family, discipline and a balanced discussion on poverty and social causes of crime.
Andrez tells host Robin Leeburn: "We’re talking about fatherhood - what is it to be a father, how do you parent, what is it to be an upstanding young man or woman. People need to be held accountable for what they do so children coming up can rebuild trust in institutions that are supposed to protect them.
“For some parents it’s not their fault. They may have been raised in situations where they didn’t understand how to parent, or there are pressures on them as young parents. If you look at this as a society - if you grow up in an environment where you have nothing it can be hard to raise your children. It’s not impossible but it can be hard. Multiple layers of disadvantages, where everything seems like a closed door. People need support, a wider network."
Produced by Fairly Media (https://fairly.media/), music by DJ Mandray for balancetwo.
Also featured are snippets of Ghetto Romance by Damage and You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder. Plus a short clip from BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
More information on the work Andrez Harriott and TLG can be found at http://www.tlguk.co.uk/