A youth club in Pitsmoor offered a first aid training session for knife crime and acid attacks.

The Reach Up Youth Group had a free first aid training session on behalf of their Big Brother project, which helps keep young men out of gangs and violent crime.

Abi Rex, ambassador at Big Brother, said: “This project has a huge impact on the youth here in Pitsmoor. As you can see, young people are making the efforts to learn the right way from a young age instead of learning off the streets.

“The training we’re providing can potentially save them or their friend’s lives because if anything happens to them, they now know what to do and what not to do.”

Inspector Gary Bramhall from Ecclesfield Police Station attended the training to show his support. He said: “This initiative specifically is giving young men, predominantly, a reason to be in the community.

“The Big Brother project provides a great opportunity by showing them that there are other things to do than things that are steering away from their goals.

“It’s also showing them in some positive light as opposed to the negative press of young men hanging around the street corners.

“In short, it’s about seeing them as young men, with thought, with purpose, trying to achieve something great.”

Mr Rex also speaks about how the Big Brother Project has changed his life.

“If I didn’t have Big Brother, I don’t know what I’d be doing on a Saturday. I’ll probably would do something that I shouldn’t be doing.

“Where we’re from, they already give us a stereotype saying, ‘You’re from Pitsmoor. You’re just another gangster or road boy.’

“If you have nothing else to do, you might think that you are one of those road boys.

“That’s why Big Brother impacts my life in a different way. Monday to Fridays, I’m at University and on Saturdays, I’m not on the streets. I’m at Big Brother helping out the youth and helping myself.”

If you’d like to get involved, email Safiya Saeed at reachupyouth@outlook.com or find her on Twitter @SafiyaSaeed2.