They hope to match vulnerable young men with positive role models from the arts, sport, business and education to show there is an alternative to crime. The Fathers Against Violence group is also hoping to offer groups for dads to meet up with their children and a support phoneline for parents.
"We need to look at how we engage with our children. We also want to support single mums by offering advice and are hoping men will volunteer to be there for boys who are lacking a father figure to offer guidance and help them develop."
down the street and someone would say 'I know your father'.
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James Gregory started Fathers Against Violence after his son, Giuseppe, was killed in a gang related shooting two years ago.
his young family after being jailed for drugs offences.
Now he and fellow Fathers Against Violence member Akiel Chinelo are urging more men to come forward to volunteer as positive male role models for young men in the city. Speaking at the start of this year's Peace Week, both dads say they have seen how boys are affected by absent fathers.
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He was released in 2004 and has since turned his life around and now runs arts education projects.
James, 39, who has three other children, said: "The problem is not just a lack of role models for young men, it's helping people in their relationship with their child.
Akiel, who lives in Old Trafford, said: "I feel as though if I had been around my presence would have supported my children a bit more.
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"We are talking about the absence of fathers and how this can lead to violent behaviour but also the presence of a father figure can lead to positive behaviour."
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