A self-confessed ex-teenage tearaway has started filming for his Fixers project, which encourages young people to stay away from drugs and knife crime.
Hackney-born Luke Kirkland wants to show anything is possible despite the community you were brought up in.
Luke (22) grew up in care, but since studying Youth and Community Work at University in Wales is keen to help children better themselves by broadening their horizons away from crime and anti-social activities.
His film, which is shot in his hometown, guides viewers through an area of Hackney, encountering various scenarios that a young child living in the area may be exposed to on a daily basis.
‘We wanted to show two situations, namely knife crime and drugs while highlighting a core message- there’s always another way.
‘I want our film to help young people who are perhaps on the verge of becoming offenders and show them there is more to life.
‘There is no opportunity to mix with other young people and experience new things in certain areas, and that’s what I want to change.’
His Fix, ‘Through a Child’s Eyes’, aims to inspire young people to make something of their lives despite personal circumstances.
One thing Luke does not want to do, however, is to stereotype all children from Hackney.
Instead, he would like to highlight how many young people are not aware they have other choices when they have little support and all they witness is peer pressure to conform.
‘Working with Fixers has been fantastic and I really hope we can get the film into local schools so they can take lessons away from an early age.
‘I'm trying to educate people on the choices we as young people face every day,’ explains Luke.
‘Not many people create a successful life for themselves or do something positive when they come from areas that are known for crime. With help, I’m trying to be one and inspire many more.’