YOUNGSTERS from a boxing gym in Oldham have shared their stories of hope and aspiration to help others steer clear of violence.

Greater Manchester's Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has invited young people to talk about their backgrounds in a series of powerful videos including some who have experienced the impact of serious violence.

And young people from Oldham Boxing and Personal Development Centre, which won a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service last week, have spoken about their stories as part of the "I am greater" campaign.

Director of the Greaves Street gym, Eric Noi, said: “The centre, whose life changing body of work was recognised with the Queens Award, are proud to have been involved in the ‘I am greater’ campaign.

“Our young people telling their stories and showing why they’re greater than violence, are an inspiration to other young people not only across Greater Manchester but nationwide.

"Their passion for boxing, the focus and self-discipline they have learnt from the sport and the challenges they have overcome, are shining examples of why young people are greater than violence.”

The campaign is part of the Greater Manchester community-led approach to tackling serious violence.

Led by the VRU, it brings together regional agencies to address the underlying causes of violent crime and to work together to prevent it.

Greater Manchester’s deputy mayor for policing, crime, criminal justice and fire, Bev Hughes, said: “This is a powerful campaign, which supports our ongoing work to tackle serious violence and prevent the devastating consequences violence can have on our young people, their families and communities. Young people’s voices have been central throughout the development of this campaign and I want to thank everyone involved.

"I’m especially grateful to the young people who have shared their stories of overcoming challenges and how they are achieving their future. They are an inspiration to others, clearly showing why they are greater than violence.

“We want to stop violence from happening and I encourage all young people to think about what’s important to them in life and to go out and achieve it."

"Wherever you live, there are always opportunities and support to help you.”