We are here to support victims and are changing the story about violent crime – showing that it is possible to make a difference.

Changing the story
about violent crime

We are changing the story about violent crime and showing that it is possible to make a difference.

When Josh was murdered in an unprovoked knife attack, the shock and devastation was far-reaching. Many in our community and beyond, were deeply touched by how, in just a few seconds, the life of a hardworking, funny, caring and loving 21-year-old man could have ended, in such a devastating way.

But our work comes from a place of love and compassion. We are totally committed to creating the change we want to see and bringing an end to tragic stories like Josh’s.

What we are here to do


For those affected by violent crime

We understand what it’s like to feel devastated, frightened, stigmatised and even ostracized. As the friends and family of a victim of serious violent crime ourselves, we understand and relate to the challenges you are facing.

For future generations

We are also here for those who feel vulnerable, bullied, scared or lost, to ensure they get the help and support they need to make better choices and live positive, fulfilling lives.

What we are here to do


We believe that every individual should have someone that believes in them, listens to them, gives them hope and helps them to find the strength and wisdom to reach their full potential.

Our story is about making a difference to an individual’s life by building their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect, so that they can grow and evolve into strong, positive and confident members of society.

What we are here to do


Through various media platforms, educational networks, public sector organisations and Government agencies, we continually strive to raise awareness and promote the prevention of violent crime in our communities.

Josh should have come home that night. We all have a right to get home safely.

Why we do what we do

What happens when a youngster feels misunderstood, lost or scared? When they have no role model, no-one to talk to or no-one to believe in them?

Well, a lot can happen. And in the worst-case scenario, it could be the beginning of a story that ends tragically, in a fatal violent crime.

So, what would have to happen for that story to be different? For that story to be a positive one?

We believe that every individual has the potential to be an amazing human being and the right to achieve what they want to achieve and be the person they want to be.

They just need to believe that they can.

The Josh Hanson Charitable Trust exists to make a difference by giving youngsters opportunities, resources and the support they need to see their own potential, celebrate who they are and feel inspired to be the person they want to be.

We believe that, together, we can make the world a better place. So that heartbreaking stories like Josh’s can be a thing of the past.

Why we do what we do

How could the future look different?

Imagine if, together, we could change the story about violent crime. Imagine if our support and intervention stopped a youngster from going down a road that could otherwise have led to a tragic ending.

We want to break the cycle.

We are committed to making a real difference to those who feel they have no-one to turn to.

That is Josh’s legacy. Josh was kind-hearted. He saw the good in everyone. He was full of potential. And, although his life was cut so tragically short, our work means that he continues to create opportunities for others to make something of their lives.

Every individual that we help to make better choices and lead a better life, means that Josh didn’t die in vain.

How you can help support victims and change the story about violent crime

You can help. Together we can make a difference and change the story, to one that we can all be proud to be a part of.

This is about the world we all live in, the communities we are a part of and the people we interact with every day. This is about us pulling together, learning together, reaching out and being there for those that need our help.

We believe that, by spreading compassion and kindness, we can make the world a better place and stop tragic stories like Josh’s from ever unfolding.

Please come on this journey with us and help us to change the story of violent crime forever.

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