Warminster campaigner Adam Fouracre is looking to expand his charity Stand Against Violence, set up after his brother was murdered, after receiving a funding grant of £8,000.
The 27 year-old, who lives in Chestnut Tree Gardens, has already made a difference in schools across the South West with the charity, providing educational workshops to reduce and prevent violence.
His 17-year-old brother Lloyd was killed when a group of youths attacked him and his friends after they left a friend’s 18th birthday party in Taunton.
After receiving previous funding from O2 Think Big, Mr Fouracre was one of 21 young people nominated recently to receive a proportion of the £118,000 grant money on offer from O2 and UnLtd.
Mr Fouracre, who moved to Warminster a year ago and works part-time as a nurse, said: “It’s great to get this funding and input to be able to continue our work. I want to train our staff in areas including anger management and conflict resolution, so we can improve the service we deliver.
“We have already done a lot of good work in secondary schools and with young offenders across the South West, producing very successful lesson plans around violence prevention.
“I would like to do more in the Wiltshire area. Schools that use us usually book us again very quickly. Teachers have reported a reduction in bullying and students tell us we have made an impact.”
Stand Against Violence was set up as a campaign to increase police presence within the Somerset area, but Mr Fouracre decided to change direction after a disappointing meeting with government officials.
Mr Fouracre will now have access to specialist mentors at O2 Think Big Mentor and to the Think Big Hub – a flexible work space with training workshops, plus digital skills training from appshed.
He said: “I don’t want Lloyd’s death to be in vain and hope to turn a negative into a positive.
“The main thing is to prevent other families having to go through the same pain that we did.”