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Oct 19 2023

Colchester welcomes the Knife Angel

The Knife Angel arrived in Colchester on the 1 October. A tightly navigated route into Colchester saw the sculpture secured in position by the Jumbo Tower where it will remain for the next month. Since the sculpture has been in the city, volunteers at the site have engaged with hundreds of members of the public, […]

Oct 19 2023

PRISE week at Chelmsford College

Last week students at Chelmsford College took part in PRISE week (Prepare, Respect, Inspire, Safe, Engage). Working closely with Chelmsford City Council, a comprehensive programme was coordinated which consisted of a range of timetabled workshops, talks and demonstrations designed to give learners the opportunity to develop, reflect, be mindful and prepare for life beyond college. […]

Oct 10 2023

“It’s about your son”

The VVU team were excited to host the premiere of a theatre performance about knife crime at the Stanway School, Colchester last week. Featuring a cast of four, the play “It’s about your son” explores reactions, feelings and family dynamics surrounding the death of a young person to knife crime. The play explores feelings of […]

Oct 10 2023

United Against Knife Crime

Prior to Colchester United beating Notts County 5-4 on Saturday 30 September the Colchester United squad warmed up in a new United Against Knife Crime kit, one of the main visual ways for the team to highlight Saturday’s anti-knife initiative. The goal filled match on Saturday was dedicated to raising awareness of knife crime, with […]

Oct 10 2023

Knife Angel leaving Harlow

Saturday afternoon saw the closing ceremony of the Knife Angel’s visit to Harlow. Roger Hirst, PFCC for Essex and Chair of the Violence and Vulnerability Partnership joined guests at Harlow Playhouse Square for an evening of speeches, performances and poetry from community leaders, artists, and advocates. All of whom had come together to address the […]

Oct 10 2023

New knife bin for Harwich as new legislation comes in

The VVU is pleased to have funded a new Knife Bin for Harwich. The knife bin at the Dovercourt and Harwich Hub, in the High Street, joins 13 other knife bins across Essex where knives and other bladed articles can be deposited safely. The knife bins are joint funded by the Police, Fire and Crime […]